Pimp My Preserves Entries

Well Preserved is hosting their second Pimp My Preserves contest. Since I am trying to find more ways to interact and force myself to get stuff done, plus I am crafty through and through, I decided I would enter with a couple themed preserves and matching decorations.
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Pumpkin Spice Syrup for Lattes and Drinks

Autumn to me means a trip to the Fryeburg Fair (and my first cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee from Green Mountain Coffee. Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks both also do a Pumpkin Spice drink, made using a flavored syrup. It can often be purchased online, or straight from the store if they over order and have leftovers when the season is over. But making your own is way preferable. That way you can make sure there is actual pumpkin in it, not just pumpkin flavored chemicals.
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Follow my Blog With Bloglovin

I found bloglovin while trying to figure out how to keep track of all the food and preserving blogs I was stumbling across and being obsessed with. It works great and I really like the interface, which was recently updated to let you follow via timeline or on a blog by blog basis. Love it, love it, love it. I’ve updated my profile to make it easier to add this blog to the FREE service.

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Strawberry Meyer Lemon Marmalade

This is going to be one of my favorites in the middle of the winter. It tastes like strawberry lemonade in a jar. Bright and fruity and sunny. I was unable to find organic Meyer lemons this year, but the fact that I found any makes me incredibly happy.  Suffice it to say they were scrubbed thoroughly before making marmalade out of them, the same as any of my non-organic citrus. At $2.99 for four lemons and $1.79 per pound of strawberries this isn’t the cheapest marmalade, but its definitely worth the cost and effort.
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Strawberry Blackout Jam

While browsing my favorite preserving blogs I noticed a link to a 3 Day Strawberry Jam recipe from which was illustrated with a picture that can only be called food porn. The scoop of jam shown is a deep red color, looks silky and shiny and can only be thought to taste unbelievable to match the image.

Scott gleaned the idea from another blog, who pulled together her recipe from three other sources. Which makes my take on the recipe fourth hand at best. You can always follow the links through the recipes to unravel the concept though, I find it interesting reading.

This recipe does take three days, and thus will hog room in the fridge for a couple days. First with fresh berries, then with macerating berries, and finally with partially cooked berries. Its worth the effort, even if just to try it compared to a traditional strawberry jam. One of the finest caveats of this recipe is it lacks pectin, and thus with only the basics of fruit, sugar and acid you can make jam. No last minute run to the store required. Perfect for a long, lazy weekend project.
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Forging Forward

Well, if you are reading this Hurricane Irene did not wipe you off the East Coast into oblivion. You also likely have power (again) or at least some generator boosted internet capability.

For our part-we were without power for about 24hrs. Just enough to suck after work, not enough to ruin everything in the chill chest. Although my wild blackberries did spoil on me. I know-the horror. I am suitably shamed, but I did work the first batch into a strawberry-blackberry jam I named Strawberry Blackout Jam.
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The Last of the Seedlings

I still have a dozen seedling tomatoes….I had the same amount of eggplant but they finally succumbed to my wacky schedule and oft forgotten watering methods. My mom just gave me two 2cu ft bags of potting soil today. A good friend also sent some soil along today. SO I picked up a set of cheap pots from Walmart and I will be potting up the last of the seedlings and hoping they set fruit before frost.
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Steph Chows Jam Exchange

Saw this posted and decided to bite the bullet and sign up. I already have two jars of stuff I can send but I figure I will feel the want to expand myself to make newer and more inventive products if I am trying to impress a random stranger.

Right now I am thinking either something blueberry or the strawberry using strawberry chocolate tea I have been thinking of doing for a fruit jam/jelly. And either pickled watermelon rind or Carla’s Bread&Butter pickles for a savory pickle.

Guess we’ll just have to see what else sticks out and inspires me before the mailing date.

If you’d like to sign up go here.
Signup is closed, watch for next years!