Monday, February 23, 2015

CANNING - knocking the dust off my recipes

by Robin

I am so inspired by having the garden set, that I visited the local farmer's market.  My husband requested some homemade spaghetti sauce.  So, thankfully, I recorded most of my recipe on my blog.  Here it is.  I would say that I used approx 1 Tbl of the spices mentioned since I left of that important bit of information.

I bought several pounds of tomatoes.  I took the skins off.

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And then began the process of cooking it down.  I'm sorry I don't have a good picture of that process.  The link has a great photo though. I ended up with 2 quarts of sauce. LOT of work for 2 quarts but flavor makes it sooooo worth it.

Robin's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Since everything was already out and I had a nice massive pot of boiling water on the stove top, I went ahead and used the 2 of 3 pints of strawberries in the garage frig to make some strawberry jam. Everyone keeps Certo in the pantry, right??  LOL

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I was super happy that I had several pounds of sugar leftover from Christmas and plenty of lids and rings in storage.

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So, in all, 4 cups of strawberries made 3 pints and 2 small jelly jars worth of jam.  I'm going to give away a jar to a friend.  I love sharing with those who appreciate this lost art.

We had a near freeze last Thursday night and yet today, we reached 80 degrees and I've got all this heat going on in the kitchen.  I didn't think that one through.  Ha ha.

Have a blessed day!

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