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Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Fresh fruits and vegetables are fantastic when they’re in season and one way to preserve all that flavor for the rest of the year is to get started with canning and preserving. There are all kinds of resources out there to learn about preserving so that you can make and store anything from canned peaches to tomato sauce to pickles. By far, my favorite thing to ... Read More »

The Art of Preserving

Art of Preserving

Preserving fruits and vegetables, whether you’re making strawberry jam or a batch of homemade pickles, is one of the more time-honored traditions in cooking. It is also one that isn’t done quite as much as it used to be, since we can now buy hot-house fruits and imported vegetables all year round. But off season veggies never taste quite as good as those that are ... Read More »

What is pectin?

PEctin

Pectin is a naturally-occurring thickening agent that is most often used by adding it to jams, jellies and similar products to help them gel and thicken. Pectin creates a thick, clear set when it gels. It is a carbohydrate (a polysaccharide) found in and around the cell walls of plants, and helps to bind those cells together. All fruit has pectin in it, but the ... Read More »

Lemon Apricot Walnut Bars

Apricot Walnut Bars

There is something about these Lemon Apricot Walnut Bars that tastes like summertime. They certainly look summery, with their bright yellow-orange apricot filling, though it is the combination of that flavorful filling with the citrusy cookie dough that is what really makes them addictive. They’re tender and slightly chewy, with a little bit of crunch to them from the generous amount of walnuts included in ... Read More »

What is the difference between jam, jelly and preserves?

Strawberry Preserves

Jams, jellies and preserves are three very common types of fruit spreads that can be used for everything from topping a toasted bagel to adding a sweet center to a buttery bar cookie. When you’re reaching for one to spread on a sandwich, it doesn’t matter which variety you choose as long as you like the flavor, but these three spreads are very different. Jelly ... Read More »

Spiced Pear Butter

The only real problem I have with pears is that they bruise easily. They are juicy, have great flavor and go well with a huge variety of sweet and savory dishes. The bruising is a problem, though, because it really has an impact on the appearance of sliced pears and – at the risk of sounding a bit silly – a cheese plate just doesn’t ... Read More »

Easy Microwave Mixed Berry Syrup

Belgian Waffle with Easy Homemade Mixed Berry Syrup

When you go out to breakfast, most restaurants will give you an option of having fresh fruit and whipped cream on top of your pancakes or waffles. This is easy to do at home, of course, but it means that you need to plan ahead and make sure that you have some waffle-friendly fruit on hand before you get up in the morning. Sliced watermelon ... Read More »

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