Temporarily Closed

Well, like all nonessential businesses, All In A Jar is closed temporarily until further notice. Wow, I don’t think anyone saw this coming. 

When I started All In A Jar in 2012 people would ask me all the time why would you go thought all that work for a few jars. I would say  

“ Because I know what is in the jars.” Not too much sugar or salt and no weird preserving chemicals. I would still say that but, I would add, “ It is nice having a pantry full of jars that can become a healthy, delicious meal in minutes. Having my jars, dry goods, a freezer with meat and a garden with fresh vegetables. And in a few weeks, I will have fresh fruit. This is why I do what I do. 

I know it is hard for so many people right now. The worst part is the unknown and people dying at a fast pace around the world. If we all do our best by staying home, for those that can, it may help us get past this.   

I think we should be looking at this as a great opportunity to slow down and reconnect with ourselves, family and friends. Take this time to get some rest, to call a friend, write your mom a handwritten letter, teach your child how to cook, read that book you always wanted to read, do some yoga, do some arts & crafts with the kids,  teach yourself how to make bread, be silly with your kids. Or look at this is as a great time to clean all the ceiling fans, clean out the refrigerator and freezer. Go outside and pull some weeds and plant a garden and if you have been to my canning classes you too would be canning and fermenting like me right now. I now know how important canning and preserving food is to me and my family. 

I have to admit I’m a homebody. Yes, it bothered me that I did not get to go see my granddaughter for her second birthday or that I can’t go help my best friend that is fighting cancer. But I think it is very important that we do our part by staying home if we can. We all need some kindness and patience from each other. 

I want to Thank all the Medical staff, Firemen, Policemen, Grocery staff, and the Truck Drivers that are putting their lives and family’s lives at risk each day they are working. 

I’m here for you if you have any questions about preserving food. Please email me and I will do may best to help.

Be safe.

See you in class

Wow, Pumpkin Jam Is So Good

 

This is a Portuguese recipe I found and couldn’t wait to try it. Let me make this clear, I DID NOT CAN THE PUMPKIN. The pumpkin is too dense for us to can the bacteria out to be safe. I made half pints and put them in the freezer. 

 So far I have place some pumpkin jam on toasted bread with goat cheese, topped with roasted pumpkin seeds and a few pomegranate seeds. Very yummy.

The other day I was talking with my sister and she said “ what about ravioli.” My mind was spinning with ideas and ingredients. The next day I was at the store gathering ingredients for my new recipe, Pumpkin Ravioli. 

I used one half pint jar of the pumpkin jam with some ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese , a little nutmeg and an egg. Whipped it together and placed a dollop in a wonton wrapper,( yes, I use wonton wrappers for ravioli), ran water on the outside edge of the wrapper, folded it over and sealed the wrapper. I placed some of the ravioli on a cookie sheet with flour and put them in the freezer and then placed the ravioli in a plastic bag and froze them for later.  

I used a shallow pan to boil the ravioli and keep a close eye on them. They only take a few minutes to cook. 

For the sauce, I made a brown butter sage with some toasted pecans. Out of this world. 

I’m still thinking of ways to use it,  maybe baking with it next.  

I will let you know what I come up with. 

See you in class 

Happy New Year

What a wonderful year we had here at All In A Jar. So much fun with students coming to classes. The garden provided us with a lot of wonderful produce to work with. We are very excited about the 2020 garden as it is coming in strong. We will have a lot to work with this year. 

I have worked on the class calendar for 2020.

 We have pickles, jams, jelly, scrubs, chutney, pie filling, fermented pickles, fermented cabbage, fruit leather, marmalade and relish. Please take a look at the recipes and let me know if I missed something you would like to learn. 

    

All In A Jar wants to wish you and yours a Happy New Year!

Let it be safe, fun and full of laughter. 

See you in class