Canning, kitchen Tips, Traditions

Straberries Strawberries 

As a kid my family looked forward to the day of picking wild strawberries. There was always a small two week perioud every early summer to get. We would have our buckets and climb the big hill and find the fields of heaven. Id eat more than hit my bucket.

Mom would pull out the old blue icecream maker and the rock salt snd make fresk custard icecream for those tiny sweet berries. Oregon berries have that flavor and size and small picking season. So I jam as much as I can to savor all winter. 

Slow cook All fruit Jam(low sugar) just eyeblling it recipe.

10 cups of fresh berries cleaned and destemed

4 cups sugar

Mash berries with potato masher and slow  simmer for 1.3 hours. You can see when you hit a jam consistency stirring frequently. Yields 3-4 jars. Put in warm clean jars and lid.

Water bath seal.

I always have this cooking as I prep for the big pectin batches. Follow Pectin jam recipe in box for jam.

Canning, Entrees, Traditions

Stewed Italian Tomatos – a summer harvest must! 

My amazing mother-in-law Ann got me hooked on the multi levels of gratification from canning. She and I make it weekend events with tomatoes, peaches and pears as seasons deliver. She will bring full bushels from the valley farms super ripe.

My all time favorite is stewed italian tomatoes. A winter “must have on the shelf ” staple.  This is a cook up – whatcha got recipe… so you cant mess it up on measurement.

  • tomatos fresh summer ripe 5 quarts? A bunch
  • Multi peppers green red yellow orange 4 cups chopped
  • Sweet onion 4 cups chopped
  • Garlic 6 cloves or so
  • Fresh oregano
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Tbs sugar

Prep jars for canning. Follow ball jar instructions. I prefer to water bath mine and I heat jars in oven as I work, wide mouth are really great to use as well.

Blanch and ice bath tomatoes to remove skin -chop

Dutch oven or large stock pot sautee in olive oil chopped onion , chopped peppers, garlic and seasonings. Once limp add tomatoes and sugar. Simmer low boil 45 min- hour.

Gently add hot tomatoes to hot jars and lid. Pre-prep is crutial with your jars.

Follow water bath instructions with Ball.

Youll see I have recipes that refer to my stewed  and jarred  tomatoes often.