Canning and Preserving · Salsa · Stocking Up · Tomatoes

Jalapeño Salsa


This recipe comes from Ball's Complete Book of Home Preserving.  The book says you'll get about six 8-ounce jars or three pints.  I got five 8-ounce jars plus a little (maybe a quarter cup) left over, which was nice because I got to taste it.  The rest of the jars will sit for at least 3 more weeks, as the book recommends letting the salsa mature "to mellow and round out the outstanding flavor."

Here are the ingredients (and some pictures and my commentary):

Corn · Gratitude · Musings · My Family · Stocking Up

48 Ears of Corn

When my sister and I were kids, my mom used to put us to work at various points throughout the summer helping her prep vegetables for freezing.  She used to do a lot of canning, originally.  Probably before we came along, or before we were big enough to help.  Or before she and my father bought that really big stand-up freezer and put it in the basement.  I think it maybe just became easier to pack things in the freezer in plastic containers than to can them.  I don’t know.

All I know is, my sister, me, and our friend, Dolores, if she was at the house, became extremely cheap labor. 

Canning and Preserving · Ginger · Jams and Jellies · Rhubarb · Stocking Up

Rhubarb Ginger Jam


It's thick and rhubarb- tart and cooked-sugar-sweet and has a little heat from the fresh ginger and a little something friendly from the vanilla.

It's terrific.  I'm already thinking of ways to use this, and I'm also already thinking I should have made more.

Guess I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed when I go to the Farmers' Market on Friday.

But back to the beginning....

Canning and Preserving · Jams and Jellies · Stocking Up · Strawberries

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam – The First Two Batches


Alex - the jam afficianado in our house - has pronounced this jam "Not's actually pretty good."  With two approving nods of his head.  So I'm thinking I got about an A-.

As I'd mentioned after my trip to the Farmers' Market on Friday, I bought a total of 4 quarts of strawberries:  6 individual pints of berries from one farm, one quart from another farm.  All were gorgeously ripe and red all the way through.  I also bought 2 lbs of rhubarb from the Honey Stick Man.  So I figured I'd have enough for a batch of jam and a pie.  Happily, I was wrong - I got two batches of jam and a pie out of the deal.  Well, nearly two batches.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.