Friday, August 7, 2009

Fruits of the Season...

Hi Everyone...
I love making jams and jellies, canning of all kinds. There is just something about preserving all of the wonderful flavor of summer in a jar. I came home last year with an abundance of apricots from our friends' B&B. I cut them all up and froze them. It was time to make more room in the freezer and taste something home made! The end result was an abundance of jars!! Blueberry Jam, Blueberry Syrup, Apricot Syrup, Apricot Jam, Apricot Chutney, and my fav...Pear Honey...recipe to follow.

The pics above are of the Apricot is good...but a little more puree-like. Although the recipe didn't suggest it...I might strain it through cheesecloth next time.

Apricot Chutney...If you like Chutneys, this is a good one...lots of flavor!

This is the first printing of a wonderful book I purchased 23 years ago. I don't know if it is still in print...but if you are into the unusual...such as "Chestnuts in Cointreau Syrup", this is the book for you!

The following pics are of the Pear Honey. It is not "honey" like the little bear...but rather a lovely light preserve...not heavy like a jam. This recipe comes from the book "Fancy Pantry" by Helen Witty.

Pear Honey...The Recipe

4 lbs of pears...such as Bartlett, ripe, but not soft
Water, as needed
3 tablespoons strained fresh lemon juice
Grated zest (outer skin white pith) of 1 lemon
6 cups of sugar
Peel, quarter and core the pears, dropping them in a bowl of cold water as they are finished.
Combine 6 cups** of fresh water with the lemon juice in your cooking pan. Shred or grate the pears and add them to the fresh water/lemon.
Add lemon zest to a quart of water in a saucepan...bring to boil...simmer 5 minutes. Drain zest and add to the pear mixture.
Bring the pear mixture to a boil over med-high heat. Gradually stir in sugar**...return mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer, uncovered, until shreds of fruit are clear and the syrup has thickened. Stir from time to time. This takes about an hour. Toward the end of the hour, stir more frequently to prevent burning. The pear honey is thick enough when a small amount placed on a chilled saucer thickens to the consistency of a soft preserve...when it is refrigerated for a few minutes.
Ladle pear honey into hot clean jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Seal. Process for 15 minutes.
Note...**I only had 6 cups of pears (not the 8 called for in the recipe). I used 3 cups of fresh water with the same amount of lemon juice and only 3 cups of sugar...with the same amount of zest.

Homemade Jam anyone? Pictured in the dish are from left...Pear Honey, Apricot Jam and Blueberry Jam. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!


Christine LeFever said...

How absolutely beautiful and I'm sure scrumptious. You are so inspiring (I recognize the dish, tee hee). It's so nice to be old fashioned. I'll be right over for tea in the morning.



Nancy said...

Hi Christine...Thank-you for visiting and for your kind comments. Oh, I so wish you could visit!
I use that dish all the time...I just love it.

Talk soon,

Cris said...

I just came across your blog--very nice! The goodies, mmmm! I wish I could see how all those little clay heads turned out! ha ha

Nancy said...

Hi Cris...Thank-you so much for visiting and for your kind comments!
I wish I could see how they turned out too! I love to teach...but the down side is that I can't always see the finished projects.

Hopped over to your blog...very lovely.

Hugs, Nancy

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nancy,

You have been busy with all your jams and chutneys.
Home made is just the best isn't it.
My favourite is home made apricot and strawberry jam. Also love chutneys with cold meat.
Aren't some of the old recipe books great - I have a few and love looking at them and using them.

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend

Anonymous said...

Hi There!

I wanted to let you know that you have been "Tagged" and given the "Premio Meme Award" by me Tish's Stitches. Please see my blog for the details

Thanks & Hugs!

Nancy said...

Hi Tish...Thank-you so much! I have been on holidays and so I am a little behind with my posts! I will get award up as soon as I can...

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs, Nancy

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