I’m going to start with what I’m probably most excited about – strawberry margarita preserves. Both of my Jen(ny) friends – Jenny at Anything Pretty and Jen at Notes from the Heartland – mentioned Ball’s Complete Book of Home Preserving. So, of course, I had to check it out. The first recipe that peaked my interest was this one:
Yeah, you read that right. The recipe calls for tequila and orange-flavored liquor. Fun, right?
So, I tried it out. Relatively easy, although I worried about the gel being done, since it doesn’t have pectin in it. However, it turned out pretty good and tastes great. This is definitely a try-er. It made 7 pints for me.
Since I had TONS of strawberries leftover, I decided to use the pectin I had to make jam. I just used the recipe in the pectin box. It called for crushed strawberries, lemon juice, pectin and TONS of sugar (around 7 cups). But, it also made a lot of jam. I ended up with 8 half-pints and 2 pints. So, some of you out there may be getting this as a gift. (SURPRISE!)
I haven’t tried it yet, but I don’t know how I could have gone wrong. So, I’m considering both of these a success.
On the canning agenda:
Zucchini salsa (thanks to Amber Waves of Grain, this was added to my list)