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Canning Made Easy
The art of food preservation may seem like a job for a professional but I have two
recipes that anyone can handle.
The art of food preservation is a deep rooted tradition here in Arkansas. Many of
us can remember our grandmothers and great grandmothers working to preserve the bounty
harvested from the garden to last all year long. Two of my favorite canned products
are jam and pickles. I love to spread homemade jam over a fresh biscuit in the morning,
or anytime for that matter. I am also well known for my love of pickles. It is my
favorite healthy ballgame snack.
But canning these foods, or any foods, can be a daunting process. Food preservation
is a particular science that might seem scary to some because of the dangers that
can come with improper canning methods. Botulism and other food borne illness can
occur when things are not canned properly. BUT have no fear, I am here to give you
a way to make these two tasty treats without the fear of incorrect canning methods.
Refrigerator pickles are an easy treat that can be tailored to your taste. These pickles
must be stored in the fridge and can be kept for up to 3 months.
Brine is enough for 3 pint jars. Pickles will be full of flavor after one week. Keep
in refrigerator for up to three months.
Download the Refrigerator Pickles Recipe
Freezer jam is a great alternative to processing your jam in the water bath canner.
This recipe is for reduced sugar freezer jam so it’s a little healthier than normal
jam. Freezer jam can be kept in the freezer for up to a year and when you’re ready
for more simply take it out of the freezer and let it thaw. Jam will keep in the fridge
for 3 weeks so you might want to store your jam in small containers.
Pour into prepared containers, I used half pint canning jars, leaving a half inch
headspace to allow for expansion during freezing. Let the jam sit for 24 hours or
until jam has set. Store in the freezer for up to a year. Let thaw in the fridge when
ready to use and jam will keep for 3 weeks.
Download the Reduced Sugar Strawberry Freezer Jam
To watch a video on how to make these two great recipes, follow this link to my Facebook
page. These are not recipes that are to be preserved with a pressure canner or water bath
canner to keep in the cupboard. Keep these products in the fridge or freezer for safe
keeping. For more information about food preservation, go here.
Reduced Sugar Strawberry Freezer Jam recipe provided by Sure-Jell Less Sugar Pectin package.
Refrigerator pickle recipe is adapted from Master Pickle Recipe – USDA-ARS