Make Whats On Hand

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I always let my students know when friends and family know you know how to can, they start bring you food.
One or twin a week I open the front door to find food. Love it.
The best part of people giving you foods is that you can play and make new recipes.
I had some tomatoes left over from last weeks classes. My friend came over and give me some pear.
So I decide I would make a new recipes using what I had on hand. This jam is sweet and savory. It will be wonderful on toasted
bread with some fresh Parmesan cheese or Ricotta cheese. Who would think of making Tomato Pear Jam.
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Making It Your Own

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The other day a friend delivered a box full of three different kinds of cucumbers. I asked my friend what he does with them and he told me he turns them into pickles. I was confused because there were three different kinds of cucumbers here, but none of them were the kind you use to make pickles. He enjoys making them into pickles, anyway, and he says he mixes them all together. I needed to find a creative way to transform these veggies into crispy, delicious pickles. I found an intriguing recipe for Beer – Honey Pickles. When I finished those, I still had more cucumbers and I love the idea of alcohol plus a sugar. Hmm, what else could I use? I thought, “Why not make Wild Turkey – Molasses Pickles?” I have some family members that absolutely love bourbon and would love to try these,so what did I have to lose? Once you understand the balance and science of canning, you can switch up the ingredients to make wild and unheard of combinations. As long as you have the right amount of acid and sugars (as a preservative) to keep your food safe then you can go for it!
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Left Over Fruit

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Today I’m having fun in the kitchen creating a new recipe using some very ripe persimmons my friend gave me and some pears from last night’s jamming class.  Not sure how it will turn out; I will keep you posted! By the way it is delicious.
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