Time To Let Them Go

It’s time to get ready for the new canning season. Say goodbye to the 2014 Bourbon Peach Butter you forgot you had and so many more jars that we’re not consumed. I have to admit, I have been bad about this. One should go through their pantry every year. You may be asking why. Here is why. You should be taking note of how much jelly you have left over, or how you have no more pasta sauce left, or how you have very little jam left. With the new canning season here you will ned know if you need to make more jam and less jelly or more pasta sauce. This is also the time where you check seals on jars, look for discoloration or separation. This is a great time to get your pantry organized. Pull old jars to the front of the cupboard and when you have new jars place them behind the old jars. Always eat the older jars first.
I think the last time I did this was in 2013. So you can imagine I have a lot of jars to empty. Not one of them had the seal broken. i had some separation and discoloration with some jars. I’m very lucky in having a great storage room that is well insulated for All In A Jar’s pantry, tools, supplies, jars, and spices. It stays nice and cool in there. That is probably why I had no jars with broken seals. It’s OK to say goodbye to those old jars. It is making room for the new jars. Let them go. FYI I emptied 53 jars (4) one ounce jars,(92) half pint jars (21) pint jars, (4) quart jars. They are clean and ready for this canning season.

Over the years, I have learned, I don’t care for Jelly and relish. So this year I won’t can jelly and relish for my personal pantry. I will be mindful of what to grow in my garden for canning. My fruit trees will not be producing for a few years. I will go to the fruit stands and farmers market for my peaches, pears, apples and apricots.
I will always try to come up with new recipes for my family and students.
That is half the fun of being a canner.

Next, I will be cleaning out the two freezers. Then it will be the spice drawer.
Happy Spring Cleaning. Happy Canning.

See you in class

Up Coming Classes

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I love my new place but, I get the internet when the wind is blowing just right, so sometimes yes others no.
Also, having some issues with my calendar trying to upload my up and coming classes. Not sure if it is an internet thing or I just can’t remember how to get to it. So, anyway here are a few classes coming up.

Please let me know if there are any recipes you would like to learn.

Classes will be held at All In A Jar’s new location 3944 Curran Road, Ione, Ca. 95640 the last Saturday of each month.They will start at 11:00am and go for 3 to 4 hours. Depending on the recipes for that day. We will be making and sharing a meal together. No class in December.

October 31 at 11:00am

* Eggplant Caponata
This is like a thick and chunky Italian salsa. Great on sandwiches, steak or on some rusty bread with cheese.

* Rhubarb Raisin Chutney
This is a sweet-spicy condiment with intense flavor chile peppers,, tangy rhubarb, and a combination of the North African spices cumin seeds, coriander seeds and caraway seeds. It is wonderful with cheese crackers and grilled pork chops and chicken.

November 28 at 11:00 am

* Cinnamon Caramel Apple Syrup
This is wonderful on French toast, waffles, pancakes and ice cream.

* Roasted Pickled Beets With Orange slices
I love roasted beets and I love pickled beets. Beets and orange are wonderful in salads. So I have put them together for the perfect mix.

December Closed

January 30 at 11:00 am

* Vidalia Onion Conserve
This jar is a great appetizer just waiting to wow you. Make small puff pastry squares brush with beaten egg and bake according to package directions. Top with some onion conserve, goat cheese and thyme.

* Black Pepper Rosemary Sliced Apple
This is wonderful on top of pork. You could use it with a cheese platter too.

February 27 at 11:00am

* Penny’s Cheesecake

This cheesecake is like have a cheese platter for dessert. There is no cream cheese in this cake.

* Ginger Pears
This jar is indeed dessert. We will be putting it on top of our cheesecake.
You can also make it into a pie or put it on top of ice cream or in yogurt.

I’m looking forward to having you here on The Farm. Please email me letting me know what classes you would like to attend.
You can also make it into a pie or put it on top of ice cream or in yogurt.

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Finally It Fells Like Fall

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What a wonderful summer All In A Jar had with the students that attended classes. Thank you! We had access to a lot of beautiful fruits and vegetables to play with in class. Some people think it is time to put away the canning supplies. But wait… no need to; we have more canning to do. What about all those amazing pears? You can make pears with toasted almonds and almond liqueur, pear ginger jam, hearty chutney or pear halves in simple syrup. So many varieties of apples out there too, what about a spicy apple butter, apple pie filling,  applesauce or apple jelly. For those oranges, how about marmalade or sparkling wine orange jelly or orange vanilla crud. Some other great ideas, persimmon jam or butter, pickled brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions, carrots and beets. Fall and winter are great times to can, added bonus of warming your home up too. Especially when using your pressure canner because it has a long processing cook-time. With the pressure canner you can be making soups, stews, beans, tuna, and much more. This is a great time to make some homemade sausage for the freezer; cooler days work best when working with meat. Don’t let the cold weather or rain stop you from canning! Homemade canned goods make the best gifts. So get in the kitchen and start canning! The holidays are  coming.
November 29 Saturday is support local small businesses. Please remember our local small businesses when shopping for gifts this holiday season.

All In A Jar offers Gift Certificates.

All In A Jar will be adding to the class calendar in the next few days. Check out what will be offered in January and February. Happy Canning!

All In A Jar offers Gift Certificates.

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