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Bourbon Cherries Recipe

The pleasure of fresh cherries is fleeting, so while there may be nothing better than eating them soon after they are picked, if you want to enjoy them year round, canning is the answer. This year I decided to make bourbon cherries from the wonderfully sweet cherries kindly sent to me by the Northwest Cherry Growers as part of the “Canbassador” program. They are terrific in cocktails but also spooned over vanilla ice cream. 
This year I finally bit the bullet and bought a canner, it’s a small one, it holds 7 pint jars which is just fine for me. Over the years I’ve accumulated a number of canning accoutrement—the jar lifter, the jar funnel and the lid lifter. I use a variety of jars, but am particularly fond of the Ball®  Sharing Jars I received from Ball® Home Canning. Designed for gifting, the company that produces them makes a donation to Feeding America for every package purchased (up to $150k). 
This year I used a recipe from Ball but I’ve expanded the recipe instructions to include all the steps you need to take. I’ve also replaced the brandy in their recipe with bourbon. I recommend choosing a delicious bourbon that isn’t too hot and has vanilla, spice and caramel flavors to complement the cherries. 
The sharing jars are on the right, a classic Ball jar is on the left
Bourbon Cherries – adapted from Ball Canning
Makes about 6 or 7 pints
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
6 pounds cherries, washed, stemmed and pitted
1 1/4 cups bourbon
Get your jars, lids and band rims ready. Wash pint canning jars with soapy water. Rinse the jars throughly and place in a canner or very large pot. Fill the pot with water, cover and bring to a boil. Meanwhile combine the sugar, water and lemon juice in a pot large enough to hold all of the cherries. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir to make sure the sugar is fully disolved. Add the cherries. When heated through add take the pot off the stove and add the bourbon. 
Lift the jars out of the water, emptying the water back into the pot as you go. Ladle the cherry mixture into the hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom. Wipe the rims and twist the rim band until “fingertip” tight. Place the jars careully into the boiling waterthen boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the jars to rest for 5 minutes in the canner. Remove the jars and allow to rest to 12 hours before testing to make sure the jars are properly sealed. Store for up to one year. 
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to both Northwest Cherry Growers and Ball® Home Canning both are great resources for recipes and information.

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Summer Only Comes Once a Year by The Pioneer Woman

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree (Video)

Photo: Greg Seber

This post was originally published on November 12, 2014 and is now updated. I have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe for best results.


It’s that time of year again! Pumpkins are popping up everywhere and baking with them has started too! You’ve probably also spotted cans with pumpkin puree in your supermarket and plan on stocking up on them to make pumpkin pie.  But wait! Don’t rush! How about we make pumpkin puree from scratch today? Because homemade is always the best! Plus, it is so easy to make! All you need is a pumpkin, an oven, and the if-this-can-be-made-at-home-then-let’s-make-it-at-home attitude, and you are good to go.

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Cookbook Contemplation by The Pioneer Woman

Peach Nectarine Butter Recipe

I can’t help it. I love to experiment with recipes. But when it comes to canning, experimentation is not always a good idea. For safety sake, my canning recipes are usually just very minimal tweaks to recipes that I trust. When my second batch of fruit from Washington State Stone Fruit arrived last week I made low sugar nectarine preserves from one of my pal Sean Timberlake’s recipes. Sean is the brains behind the do-it-yourself site Punk Domestics and a canning expert. I also made a combination peach and nectarine butter from another recipe I’d used in the past. 

I’m always eager for opportunities to adapt recipes and put my own spin on them and when it came to these recipes I was inspired to use some samples of bitters and an amaro from Greenbar Distillery. While it’s typical to use them in cocktails, I asked Sean about the safety of using these ingredients as well as a bit of spice in canning. Here’s what he said, “Adding a small amount of alcohol or spices should not significantly impact the total acidity in a preserve of high-pH fruit (such as peaches and cherries). If desired, add a little ReaLemon (5% acidity citric solution) to offset it.” 
With Sean’s reassurance, I used a tablespoon of Grand Poppy amaro in the nectarine preserves, and just a teaspoon of saffron bitters in the fruit butter. You don’t really taste it in either, but it adds lovely aromatic properties. With the preserves recipe I didn’t use any liquid with the nectarines because some of the fruit was very juicy. If you’re wondering about Grand Poppy, it’s an amaro that’s bittersweet and includes California poppy, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bearberry, California bay leaf, pink peppercorn, dandelion, blessed thistle, burdock, rue, artichoke, gentian, geranium, cherry bark and a bit of cane sugar. 
Peach Nectarine Butter, adapted from The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving
Makes 6 1/2 pint jars
10 cups of coarsely chopped and pitted peaches and nectarines, no need to peel
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups sugar
1-2 teaspoons Greenbar saffron bitters 
Place the peaches and nectarines in a large pot with the water, lemon zest and lemon juice. Cook it over medium heat until the fruit is very tender. Use a stick blender to puree the mixture. Add the sugar and simmer for 30 minutes or until thick enough to cling onto a spoon. Add the bitters and stir. 
Lade into hot prepared jars (washed with hot soapy water). Leave 1/4 inch head space, wipe the rim of the jar if necessary. Apply the lid and twist on the band. Gently place in your canner or a large pot of water with a rack in it. The water should be 2 inches above the jars. Cover and boil for 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove let cool. 
Disclaimer: My thanks to Washington State Stone Fruit for the fruit and to Greenbar Distillery for the bitters and amaro. For more preserving recipes, check out Sweet Preservation.

Naturally Colorful Fruit Desserts for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a holiday that calls for the bold red, white and blue colors of the American Flag. It’s easy to find decorations in these colors if you’re having a backyard barbecue or pool party and want to create a festive atmosphere, but it is difficult to find food in these colors in foods. Fortunately, while a little bit of food coloring can help give a dessert a patriotic look easily, you can find these colors in fruits that celebrate the summer. A selection of fresh fruit desserts made with red strawberries, raspberries and cherries alongside desserts made with blueberries can capture the red, white and blue look of the holiday with no food coloring needed. The added bonus is that you will also be enjoying some of the best berries of the year when they are at the peak of their seasons!

A Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Tart is an easy to make tart the features a no-bake filling and is studded with rows of fresh fruit. You can use any fruit of your choice, but berries of all colors make the tart look absolutely stunning.

Strawberry Shortcakes are a common summer dessert, but they are not the only fruit that can make a great shortcake. Double Blueberry Shortcakes feature blueberry shortcakes and are filled with whipped cream and more fresh  berries.

Fruit cobblers are always a welcome dessert in the summer. A Peach and Strawberry Cobbler uses a combination of fruits that you don’t usually find in a cobbler and, while it is not red and blue, it has a beautiful color to it that captures a summer sunset.

Naturally Colorful Desserts for the 4th of July

Blueberry Pudding Cake is similar to a fruit cobbler, but with a thicker layer of berries at the bottom that takes on a sauce-like consistency as the cake bakes. For blueberry fans, this is dangerously addictive.

For strawberry fans, a Fresh Strawberry Pie is a good choice. The pie bursting with color and packed with fresh strawberries, which are topped with a thin strawberry glaze that gives the pie a glossy finish and adds an extra hint of sweetness to already sweet berries.

Naturally Colorful Desserts for the 4th of July

Red, White and Blue Push Pop Cakes are like individual berry trifles, with layers of cake, whipped cream, red strawberries and fresh blueberries. Served in special push pop containers, these treats look just as festive as they taste.

Red White and Blueberry Yogurt Cake is another dessert that really captures the colors of the holiday. The tender white cake is packed with blueberries and raspberries, which really pop against the white crumb of the cake. It has just a thin layer of cream cheese frosting on top and is garnished with fresh berries.

Baking Bites' Strawberry Hand Pies

I love pies made with fresh fruit in the summer, but hand pies are even better in my book. These Strawberry Hand Pies are easy to make and perfectly shareable. That means that no plates or silverware are needed to serve these, making them an exceptional choice for barbecues and picnics all summer long.

Strawberry Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches may not sound like a fruit dessert, but they are naturally flavored with freeze dried strawberries, which gives the cookies a pop of pink color and a delicious berry flavor. The cookies are exellent when sandwiched with vanilla ice cream, but they are even better when you use my Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

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The Kilner butter churn offers everyone the easy way to make their own delicious homemade butter, and makes a stylish addition to any kitchen. Simply place whipping cream into the butter churn, turn the handle, and in as little as ten minutes you can enjoy fresh and natural tasting butter. Included within the set is easy to follow step by step instructions as well as a selection of recipes.

Measures 10-1/2 inches high by 4-1/3 inches wide. BPA-free

The Kilner business was first established by John Kilner in the 1840’s in England. Initially producing glass bottles and jars, it was towards the end of the 19th century when the original Kilner Jar was first invented. The original Kilner jar is as much-loved and successful now as it was 120 years ago. Its long-lasting popularity is owed to its distinctive pressure seal and iconic design. Put simply, households all over the world trust it to successfully preserve and pickle their fruit and vegetables. In the 1900’s, Kilner presented its innovation as ‘the original and the best, all other brands are substitutes’, a claim which remains relevant today, and is a testament to its impressive heritage.

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