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

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

What A Summer!

All In A Jar’s summer was packed with fun, planting the garden, watering the garden, harvesting a lot of food ( be careful for what you wish for, LOL ) and preserving. When I say preserving I mean Canning, Fermenting, Dehydrating, and Freezing. 

Let me tell you what I made with all this beautiful produce from the garden and what people brought me. This may give you some inclination of why you didn’t hear from me that much. 

Last year I had an abundance of eggplant, this year it was tomatillo.

I had fun with the tomatillo. I canned and froze many versions of Salsa Verde. I even made two new recipes using them. I made a chutney and pickled some of them. On average I would get 3 pounds of tomatillos a day. 

  

With the blackberries, I made a Scrub Drink. A scrub drink is fruit, sugar, vinegar and a little time. It is delicious and refreshing. Add some sparkling water and ice and you have a great health drink. You can make it into a cocktail too. 

Blackberry BBQ Sauce is yummy on chicken and ribs. 

Blackberry Strawberry Jam, Blackberry Plum Conserve, Blackberry Jam, Blackberry Cherry Pie Filling, and bags of frozen Blackberries.

 

My fig tree gave me big beautiful figs. I made Fig Jam, Fig Newtons, Caramelized Red Onion Fig Tapenade and Fig Mustard, Dehydrated Figs and bags of Frozen Figs. 

The okra was seven feet tall. We ate a lot of fried Okra and I pickled some too. 

I planted German Pink Tomatoes. The plants were big and beautiful. Not too many tomatoes. I planted two different cherry tomatoes, one was Yellow Gooseberry. Very tasty and they were the size of a ping-pong ball. The other was Rosella and they were small and dark color with a nice taste. Then I had three cherry tomato plant volunteers show up in the okra bed. They were small orange and red cherry tomatoes that were delicious. We call them garden candy. I also planted Roma tomatoes and they did very well. With the Roma I made Red Wine Pizza Sauce, Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce, Basil Garlic Pasta Sauce, Ketchup, Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno Peppers, Mex Mix, Salsa, Hot Sauce, Roasted Tomato Jam, and Dehydrated Tomatoes in Olive Oil. 

One day I got five pounds of cherry tomatoes and made Bourbon Tomato Jam. The cherry tomatoes keep coming in strong, so I made Cherry Tomato Caramelized Onion Spread. 

I made a few Tomato Pies too. 

My carrots did well too. I made Carrot Cake Preserves. I love making frosting with this jar and Pickled Carrot sticks.  We had Carrot Moroccan Salad quite often. 

Had a lot of fun with onions too. Onion Conserve, Onion with Rosemary, Hot Pickled Red Onions. 

My Jalapeno Peppers did just ok. I used them with my tomatoes and got to do a few batches of Pickled Jalapeno.

The strawberries are still coming in. We mostly eat them as we pick them. I did use some to make Strawberry Peach Jam and Strawberry Raspberry Jam.

I was surprised on how many peaches I got from my tree. First, let me tell you how wonderful it is to eat a peach ripe from the tree, WOW. Peach Pie Filling, Peach Conserve, Peach Chutney and Peach Jam.

Cucumbers did better this year than last. I got to make Fermented Bread and Butter Pickles, WOW those were good. I made some Pickles too. 

Raspberries have been fabulous. They came in May and came back in August and still coming in. We had them on ice cream, in yogurt and I made Raspberry Strawberry Jam and Mix Berry Jam. 

The blueberries did well too. I made Blueberry Jam and Mixed Berry Jam. 

Someone gave me plums. Plum Jam, Plum Chutney and Dehydrated Plums. 

Another person gave me apricots. Apricot Pie Filling, Apricot jam, Apricot Cherry Chutney and Apricot Mustard. 

   

I bought cherries from a local farmer. Cherry jam, Cherry Pie Filling and Maraschino Cherries. 

My Son-In-Law brought me tuna. I spent two days canning tuna. Most of it has Jalapeno peppers . It is out of this world! Once you have homemade canned tuna you can’t go back to store bought. 

Wow, I wasn’t tired doing all that work but after writing it that was a lot of work. Now you know why you didn’t hear from me all summer long. 

I will be working on the class calendar soon. Please let me know if you would like to learn something new. 

See you in class