Waterbath canning plays an important role in the nutritious home! Cold room storage/cellaring is dependent on outdoor temperatures for the preservation of raw goods and ferments. When spring gently settles and garden seeds go in, the warmth also claims your unprocessed food.
For those who wish to consume primarily what they’ve grown, canned food is a wonderful thing. It’s shelf stable and virtually unaffected by the temperature change! Spring is the time to crack open jars of canned goods and will tide you over until the garden yield a fresh harvest.
In our home we use honey as a sweetener. You’ll only find such in these recipes. Because we don’t use granulated sugars, boxes pectin is not an option. Instead, we use traditional methods and techniques. We believe in keeping our preserved goods natural, nutritious and low in added sugars.
FRUITS IN SYRUP
Favorite Canned Cherries-whole fruits in cherry juice, sweetened with a bit of honey!
Plum Halves in Syrup -fruit halves in a honey syrup make a sweet and tangy sauce when pureed!
SAUCE & SYRUPS
Apple Cider Syrup -a traditional, old-fashioned recipe for a powerfully-flavored, thick syrup
Applesauce with Rose Hips -want more vitamin C? With both winter apples and rose hips coming ready the same time, you can do just that!
Blackberry Syrup -a sweet liquid to pour over pancakes, ice or add to other juices for a twist in the flavor!
JAMS AND PRESERVES
Cherry Preserves -made with dark cherries, learn how to quickly thicken this delicious topping without added pectin!
Cherry Jam -a two-ingredient recipe that will quickly become a favorite!
Pear Preserves (honey, spice and all things nice)-a golden spiced pear sauce poured over slices of fruit…this recipe must be added to your collection!
Saskatoon Strawberry Jam-if just beginning with pectin-free jam making, this is a fool-proof recipe! Thick and chunky, its difficult to mess up!
Strawberry Honey Preserves-learn how to quickly thicken preserves with nothing but berries and honey!
Thimble Berry Peach Jam-the combination of thimble berries and peaches makes thick, chunky jam with a strong pop of flavor!
Also try out thimble jam, found here: Thimble Berry Jam.
Rose Hip & Mint Syrup -add to teas, winter juices or take as a syrup for a vitamin C support in the winter months.
If you don’t like mint, here’s the plain ole’ recipe: Rose Hip Syrup
Carrots & Garlic Scapes -by the time spring canning comes ’round, our garlic supply has dwindled. And so, we use garlic scapes instead!