Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Homemade Strawberry Jam!
Last night I finally learned how to make and can jam! My friend Flannery offered to teach her friends how to can, and when a MN state fair ribbon winner offers to teach you to can, you get your butt over there and learn! And learn I did. I've been scared to try canning for years, it just seems so intimidating, like if you do one thing wrong you'll create a botulism monster that will crawl into your bedroom and kill you in the night. But seeing everything done by someone whose been doing it for over 20 years made it way less intimidating.
Flannery will be teaching a canning basics class at EggPlant next month, so if you're in the Twin Cities area, I highly recommend stopping by the shop or calling in to reserve your spot! Info about class times and how to register can be found on the EggPlant site.
For our lesson, we made two delicious kinds of strawberry jam, a basic jam and a batch of strawberry vanilla jam made with real vanilla beans. We used this recipe from Food in Jars and it came out amazing, I can't wait to crack open the jar and inhale it, my husband will have to act fast if he wants any!
Of course, now that I know the basics I've been going through all of my canning books picking out what I want to make. Unfortunately, I seem to want to make EVERYTHING!
So what's your absolute favorite kind of jam or jelly?