Summer Canning

I don’t normally can in July or August. It’s just too darn hot to have the stove on that much. Most of my summer preserving is done with the dehydrator on a table outside. One day I will find a man handy enough and who loves me enough to build me a solar dehydrator but until that day I use the electric variety.

However this year has been unseasonably – um – damp, which would make solar dehydration a little bit tricky. A conversation with a friend revealed the fact that I have never had canned cherries. (more…)

Chutney & Rootbeer

I have taken a step back from canning in recent years in search of less energy intensive ways to preserve my harvest. However that simple life I was looking for got a little complicated over the summer and I wound up putting an entire tree of apricots into the freezer.
A couple years ago I discovered that my friends Garden Curry Spice Blend mixed into a jar of apricot jam made what was quite possibly the tastiest chutney ever. (more…)