Thursday, December 23, 2010
I have been getting a farm box from Farm Fresh To You; http://www.farmfreshtoyou.com off and on for several years now. I love the abundance of fresh food delivered to my door step every week. Occasionally I have an over abundance, such as this week when the children and I sent most of the week out of town. So I came home from San Jose on Wednesday night to most of the fruit that was here when I left, and a whole new box on my doorstep Thursday morning; Clemetines, navel oranges, apples, kiwis, pomegranates. Far more than we will eat before the next batch arrives next week, what's a girl t do? Jam I say!! And just in time to gift the Grandparents with for Christmas.
I looked at the fruit I have the most abundance of and peeked at two of my fave canning blogs; http://www.punkdomestics.com and http://www.hitchhikingtoheaven.com/ to get some ideas.
First I decided on a Clementine Marmalade taken mostly from http://put-a-lid-on-it.blogspot.com/2010/12/my-darling-clementines-marmalade.html, with the addition of some liquor of course!! As well as using the whole fruit instead of just the juice and peel.
Cointreau Clemetine Marmalade.
1 case clemetines washed and sliced thinly into half moon shapes
3 cups sugar
1 pkg pectin
1 cup water
1/4 cup Triple Sec or other orange liquor
Slice clementines thinly into rings, and then cut circes in half again.
In a large non reactive pot, combine clemetines, and water and bring to a boil, lower heat, and rapidly simmer for 30 minutes.
Add sugar, vanilla, and pectin and cook at a high boil for 2 minutes. Stir in the liquor, and let stand for 5 minutes to be sure that the peel is evenly distributed, and ladle into jars. Attach your lids and rings and process for 10 minutes.
Next I decided to try a Brandied Pear Butter, this is my favorite of the three, and possibly my favorite Jam experiment ever :) I think it will be fantastic on ice cream, oatmeal, or fresh warm biscuits.
Brandied Pear Butter