January 21, 2009

Comfort and Canning

While most of the rest of you either watched or avoided the evening festivities surrounding the adulation of The One, I was busy in the kitchen.

Ooey-Gooey Mac N Cheese with bacon for dinner.  I needed comfort.  That's the very definition of comfort food.  Plus, I had to use up the last of the fancy cheeses from our New Year's Eve party, which were remarkably still mold-free.  I didn't want to press my luck further.  This was real white sauce Mac N Cheese, too.  A first for me.

After dinner it was back to the stove.  I'm like a kid after Christmas with my new toy.  Some of you may recall I got a small-batch canning cookbook for Christmas and I have been waiting for the stars to align to use it ( and by stars I mean time, inclination, and pectin). 

Last night I broke open the book for the first time and made a batch of Blood Orange Red Wine Marmalade.  Sadly, because our blood oranges are tiny, it made only a cup and a half.  Tonight I broke rule #1 and made a double batch.  Which made just over 4 cups.  YAY!

Then I decided to try and use up some of the apricots in the freezer that we got from our tree in the spring.  Batch #2 was a Winter Pear Apricot Jam.  That was tasty cleanup!  That recipe made 5 cups after skimming.  Not bad.

I was ably assisted by my awesome husband who is quickly learning the difference between tongs and jar lifters, and who has always been a dab ahnd at cutting, measuring, and heavy, hot lifting of pots and plates.

Net: 5.5 jars (+ a bowl in the fridge of leftover) Blood Orange Marmalade (two days), 5 jars Pear/ Apricot Jam, and half a casserole dish of leftover MacCheese.


Pictures as soon as I get a chance to download.

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Posted by: brceonrb at January 21, 2009 03:48 PM

I hope you saved the "foam" left over from skimming the jam. It makes the best breakfast jam.

Back when I helped my Mom make grape jam (from the concord grapes off my grandfather's farm fence row, about 8 quarts of juice after mashing, cooking, and straining through cheese cloth), we used to get nearly a pint of skimmed "foam" left over after canning the jam. That wasn't pressure cooker canned jam, but cooked jam that we later sealed with paraffin.

Canning is the ultimate Tom Sawyer Painting The Fence opportunity. We used to rope in the neighbor kids to help peel fruit during the canning season.

Posted by: The Thomas at January 21, 2009 09:21 PM

What time is dinner tomorrow? I'm hungry already.

Posted by: Pasadena Closet Conservative at January 21, 2009 10:03 PM

is there any better comfort food then mac n cheese? unless its kfc's mashed potatoes and gravy!

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