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What have you canned this season?

Agreed! I've held off touching my preserved stash (except for a few oven dried tomatoes for stuffed zucchini) and am pretty excited about all those great summer flavors with a foot of snow on the ground.

I've read a ton on the canning process (including very helpful instructions on CH) but I don't feel 100% comfortable doing it solo - botulism is terrifying. I did a water bath on my peaches, and they sealed, but I got nervous and ended up shoving them in the freezer anyway.

I don't have a ton of pantry space so I won't be expanding my quantities too much next year, but Blue Ball and hopefully some indispensable lessons from either Mom or Grandmother can give me the confidence.

Sep 14, 2011
nickelndime in Home Cooking

What have you canned this season?

This is my first year preserving anything (though not my own garden, only farmer's market bounty), and I don't quite have an instinct for processing via water bath so I've been limited to the space that is in my freezer. I've done in small batches:
- Strawberry jam
- Blueberry jam
- Peaches in vanilla bourbon syrup
- Peach Butter
- 8 pints of tomato sauce
- 2 pints of oven dried tomatoes

I hope to do a batch or two of fridge pickles and a few batches of gazpacho before the season ends. I've had so much fun!

Sep 14, 2011
nickelndime in Home Cooking

Rookie Mistake

This wasn't recently, but it was at a point where I most assuredly knew better.
I was blind baking a pie crust, and needed something for weights to keep it from shrinking. My choice ended up being a box of beans and rice (and didn't realize also CAJUN SEASONED), which probably wouldn't have been so bad, if I had put foil down before dumping the contents on there. I meticulously picked all the beans and rice from the parbaked shell, but wondered later what that "extra flavor" was in my apple pie.

Aug 17, 2011
nickelndime in General Topics

Suggestions for Peach Shortcake

I didn't end up using any booze (a guest at the party was adverse, so I decided to avoid it) but added some basil and a squirt of lemon to the fruit while it macerated with the vanilla sugar.

It was a big hit, though I wasn't super enthralled with the shortcake batter, it was a bit dense for my liking (recipe here: http://tinyurl.com/3lm7ovp). Shortcake at my house has always been more like a biscuit dough, which I think I like more.

Thanks for all the feedback.

Aug 01, 2011
nickelndime in Home Cooking

Suggestions for Peach Shortcake

Thanks, HillJ. I think I will forgo the booze all together - it just seems criminal to do anything more to the lovely summer fruit! Depending on how sweet my peaches are (the blueberries are amazing), I will toss with a bit of the vanilla sugar I have hanging out and call it a day!

Jul 29, 2011
nickelndime in Home Cooking

Suggestions for Peach Shortcake

(Long time lurker, first time poster. Be gentle.)

I am looking to make a Peach Shortcake recipe for a group of friends tomorrow night, which calls for the peaches to macerate in a 1/2c of peach schnapps. I have some blueberries I wanted to use as well, but am wary about using the schnapps for those too. I haven't had it except in a Sex on the Beach and am concerned it'd be too much for the blueberries? I am hoping someone has alternate alcohol suggestions or reassurance that the schnapps would still be fine in this application. I don't really want to buy more than one bottle since I am moving next week.

Thanks for the assistance!

Jul 29, 2011
nickelndime in Home Cooking