Well, it has been rather interesting times in terms of the financial system, following it has almost been like watching a soap opera. Try not to shutter when you check your portfolio's because it is not going to be pretty. Lets hope something gets figured out soon to stabilize things or I am going to be on a diet of canned relish, pickles & jam, ha!
Speaking of canning, I finished my last canning project for the year and not a moment too soon. This one did not go as smoothly. The first problem was my inability to read the directions, instead of first checking the recipe I just presumed I need 16 cups of chopped pears when I only need eight cups. I killed allot of time coring, skinning and chopping double the amount of pears. Then I used the wrong recipe for the pectin I had and ended up using double the amount I was supposed to use.
In the end the jam did gel but not as much as it should have, it does taste mighty good though. Next time I make this I will not leave it to 1:30am, not really on the ball at that hour and use the correct recipe below. Kind of funny that I am not the only person canning into the middle of the night, Engineered Garden was doing a very similar recipe at the same time, small world.
Here is the recipe:
Spiced Pear Jam
Yields 8 500ml Jars (8 pint jars)
*this recipe is doubled, the original had half of all these things
8 cups prepared pears, 4 liter basket (4 quart basket)
1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, 2 lemons
15 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp butter
2 pouches Certo fruit pectin
Core, skin & chop the pears until you have exactly 8 cups of fruit. Now bring the canner to the boil and sterilize your jars and heat your sealer lids.
Add the fruit, lemon juice, sugar, spices & butter to a large pot. Bring this mixture to the boil well stirring. Once a rolling boil is reach add the two pouches of pectin, stir constantly well bring it back to the boil. Once the boil is reached, boil for 1 minute.
The end result is a very tasty jam that is good on toast as well as a hand pie filling, cheese cake topping or even over ice cream.
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