Friday, January 27, 2012

Making Ravioli

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Brandied Cranberry Sauce

After thanksgiving I searched for bags of cranberries that were marked down. I managed to score almost a dozen bags at 99 to 50 cents each, Now that I've slowed down to the slower pace of the long winter months, I'm preserving food that I've stored. Last week it was the last bushel of apples made into many small jars of applesauce. Next week, I plan on canning enough potatoes to last the year. Today, I'm tackling the bags of cranberries. So far I have made 14 jars of brandied cranberry sauce. Then I will will make lots of cranberry juice and save some berries to freeze.

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Brandied Cranberry Sauce
  • 36 ounces Cranberries
  • 5 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 20 Whole Allspice
  • 15 Whole Cloves
  • 5 Whole Cinnamon Sticks (each about 3″ long)
  • 3 Cups Apple Jack
  • 1 cup Vanilla Vodka (homemade)

Put the allspice & cloves into a spice ball or make a spice bag out of muslin for them. Combine water, cranberries, and sugar in a heavy pot. Toss in the spice ball/bag and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture to boil, stirring occasionally. As the cranberries begin popping, scrape off any foam just like you would in making jam. After the cranberries pop, about 10 minutes into the boiling process, add the brandy and return to a boil. Remove the cinnamon sticks and spice ball.

Pour the hot mixture into hot sterilized jars. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude.

Makes 12 -14 half-pint jars.

Friday, January 20, 2012

What I put up in 2011

HOME CANNED
Annie's Salsa Mild-
47 pints
Annie's Salsa Hot
- 15pints
Apple Butter - 9 half pts
Apple Sauce - 10 pts, 14 half pt.
Beef/veggie broth - 4 pts
Beef Stew - 20 qrts.
Brandy Cinnamon Apple Slices - 4 pts.
Butternut Squash - 8 pts
Whole Grape Juice - 7 qrts
Concorde Grape juice - 9 pts
Chicken Stock - 11 qts ,12pts
Chicken - 7 pints
Cranberry juice -5 pints
Cran/mixed-berry Juice -6 qts. 6 pts
Garlic, pickled - 6 pints
Grapes - 3 pints, 10 half pts
Ground Beef - 7 pts
Honey, dark - 8 qts, 5 pts
Honey, light - 6 qts, 6 pts
Pears, ginger - 8 qts
Potato- 9 pints 12 qts
Snap Beans - 21 qts,9 pts
Sweet Potato -1 qrt, 14 pts
Chunky Tom. Basil Sauce- 6 qrt, 1 pt
Roasted Tom/Vegie Sauce- 6 qrt, 3 pt
Tomato & Celery - 10 pts
Whole Tomato - 14 qrts, 12 pints
Wild Blueberry - 14 sm. jars


TOTAL 381 Jars

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