Can Do Jam

Can Do Jam

My love of making homemade jams and pickles.

Happy weekend gang! So glad you dropped by today. I haven't done a weekend post for a while so thought I would check in with you! Grab your coffee as I share my love of canning with you. 

I grew up in a big family where large gardens and canning were the norm. My grandparents were dairy farmers and they grew everything they ate. They had grapevines, peach trees and just about anything you could think of. We all ate very well when visiting them. 

I learned to can all these things from my grandmother and my mom. They would get together in the summer for huge canning days. Everything from green beans, tomatoes to apples were fair came in their canning kitchens! I loved to see the giant crock at my grandmother's farm on the covered front porch full of pickles! I made my first batch of bread and butter pickles at the age of 20. And they turned out perfectly. Anyway at this point in my life I can almost like it is a hobby. I mostly like to do pickles and jams. My favorite jam is huckleberry. I go out and find and pick wild huckleberries and make amazing jams with them.  I have lots of gooseberry bushes and am always looking for ways to preserved them or use them so if anyone has ideas for me, please share!

Above are pictures that I took after a day of canning a couple of summers ago. They didn't turn out good enough for a full post but I still remember the satisfaction I felt at the end of the day. My kitchen was a mess and I had jam all over me but I celebrated by relaxing with a glass of wine!

Here are peaches, pears, and tomatoes for tomato jams. I make onion jams and another favorite is fig jam. I think my favorite favorite is the Spiced Pumpkin and Pecan Butter. I also make pickled green beans, bread and butter pickles and spicy dill pickles.  I really need to get busy as I am out of everything right now. Here are some of my favorite recipes.

Heavenly Fig Jam

Spiced Pumpkin and Pecan Butter

Rosemary Peach Jam

Wild Huckleberry Jam

Pear Butter

Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Peach Rosemary Jam

This jam is heavenly!

The first thing I do when I can, is make sure my kitchen and tools are all set out and ready. It is an orchestration of effort and you can't stop to look for something. 

If you haven't tried to make jams or pickles you should! It is so fun and worth the effort when you have homemade jams for your toast in the mornings or pickled green beans for your Bloody Mary! Ha ha!

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My One True Love In The Kitchen

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Maybe one of the things I have loved the longest

Pizza

It's true, pizza has been in my life since childhood, so the only things I have loved longer are my parents! It makes me happy when I am sad, it fills the void when I am lonely, it is my everything in the food kingdom! Ha ha!

I have made my own pizzas since I became a mom which was at a very young age. I have tried lots of dough recipes but there is one that I have probably made once a week for 25 years.

This dough can be used right away or you can let is rise once or even twice which now that I have more time is my preference. When I was working, going to school and raising a family, I used it right away.

Ingredients for pizza dough:

  • 2.5 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2. 5 cups all unbleached purpose flour

Directions for pizza dough:

This makes one normal thickness crust as shown in the picture or two thin crusts. I use sheet pans and just spread the dough out with my hands.

Add one cup warm water to the two and half teaspoons yeast. Add one tsp of sugar and let rest about 5 minutes until you see the mixture bubble. That means the yeast is eating! Then add one teaspoon salt and one tablespoon olive oil and lastly stir in the flour.

Mix until it all sticks together in one lump. At this point you can use right away or you can cover with a towel and let it rest until it doubles in size. You can use it then or you can punch it down and let it rise one more time. I love to do the last option because it seems to give the dough a lovely sourdough flavor which I adore.

Use any toppings you want. I love everything under the sun. I usually cook it all together and add to the pizza. I prefer to make my own pizza sauce too but you can used jarred. 

Ingredients for pizza sauce:

  • Tomato Paste 1 can
  • Olive Oil 3 T
  • Water 1/4 to 1/2 cup
  • Crushed Garlic 1-2 gloves
  • Italian Seasoning 1 T
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes. 1 tsp (optional)
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper to taste

Directions for pizza sauce:

I put olive oil and the crushed garlic in a pan and heat to let the flavors mingle. If I have time I will turn off heat and cover for a few minutes so the oil is really infused. Then I add the rest of the ingredients and just some of the water and heat. As it gets hot I add water until I get the consistency I want for the sauce.

Once you spread out your dough, spread on the sauce and then add your toppings. Lastly add your cheese. I use fresh grated Parmesan and Mozzarella. Not too much cheese as it overpowers the other flavors in the pizza. Before I pop it all into the oven, I drizzle a little olive oil over it and add a few more pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Then in the over for 15 to 20 minutes. The time will depend on how crisp you like the crust. We love crispy crusts.

 

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One of my favorite pizzas to make in the spring is a mushroom pizza made with Morel mushrooms that I find while on my trail runs. Yes, I run and keep an eye out and stop if I see them.  They grow near Trillium flowers that have turned from white to purple up here in the mountains. Believe me there is not a better pizza than those made with these jewels. They are often served in expensive restuarants around here.

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Often if in a pinch my husband will create the most amazing pizza from a box. He cooks up fresh toppings like mushrooms, onions, red peppers, etc. adds to the frozen pizza with extra fresh cheeses and and boom, to die for almost homemade pizza!

And now for comedy relief! This is one of my all time favorite posters! Just saying!

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Thanks for joining me in my kitchen gang! Hope to see you back soon!

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