Roasted Red Bell Peppers in Oil and Oven Dried Tomatoes..

Colorful and luscious, these are a must for any antipasto platter and make a superb snack on crusty bread. 4 pounds {about 8 medium} firm red bell peppers 2 tablespoons coriander seed 1 tablespoon peppercorns 5 garlic cloves 5 bay leaves 1-2 cups virgin olive oil 1. Arrange the red bell peppers on a broiler … Continue reading Roasted Red Bell Peppers in Oil and Oven Dried Tomatoes..

Peach Jam.

The natural sweetness of peaches make this jam a low-sugar-added preserve. Plan to put up a slew when peaches are in season during the summer. 8-10 cups water 2 1/2 pounds ripe peaches 3 strips {1/2 x 2 inches} orange zest 2/3 cups fresh orange juice 2/3 cup unsweetened white grape juice 2/3 cup firmly … Continue reading Peach Jam.

Trio of Good Jamming Ingredients. – Has It Jelled Yet?

To make a great jam, jelly, or marmalade, you need three components to work in harmony: acid, pectin, and sugar. If the proportions of each or any one of these is off, you may not be happy with the results. Acid:   Added to the mixture as citrus juice {usually lemon} or tartaric acid, this … Continue reading Trio of Good Jamming Ingredients. – Has It Jelled Yet?

Herbal Heirloom Tomato Pickles.

We love using lemon basil and Russian Red garlic. Make sure the tomatoes are firm; otherwise, they will fall apart when pickled. You could use a combination of tomatoes; we used cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes and green tomatoes, cut in half. We used dill sprigs in our pickles, feel free to experiment. 2 cups tomatoes, … Continue reading Herbal Heirloom Tomato Pickles.

Rosemary and Sage Quick Pickles.

A definite favorite in our home! The flavorful combination of rosemary and sage infuse a subtle taste to these unique pickles. 1 small red or white onion, thinly sliced OR 1/4 cup chives, chopped 2 cups cucumber, sliced 2 to 4 sprigs rosemary 4 to 8 sage leaves 1/3 cup cider vinegar 1 tablespoon kosher … Continue reading Rosemary and Sage Quick Pickles.

Homemade Herb Pickling Mix.

Great to have on hand and saves time! The herbes de Provence add a unique flavor that's not typically found in supermarket pickling mix blends. To use the pickling mix: Put one to two tablespoons in the pickling jar, then add the veggies and the vinegar/salt mixture, following the directions in the recipe. It's that … Continue reading Homemade Herb Pickling Mix.

Pickled, Preserved and Frozen Foods.

More and more folks are growing their own fruits and vegetables. Summer and Fall presents us with an riches as an avalanche of tomatoes, peppers, cukes, corn, peaches, plums, and other fresh produce flood farmer's markets, fruit stands, roadside stalls, and even supermarket shelves. The flavor of this sun-ripened produce is at its peak, and … Continue reading Pickled, Preserved and Frozen Foods.