I’ve been a little busy this weekend and thought I’d try something new. Over the years I’ve made jelly and jam for canning but standing over a pot worrying about it burning or trying to remember when the boil started took away the fun. The past week I saw a couple of video’s showing how easy it is to make jelly with an automatic jelly maker. So I did a little research and picked up my own Jelly Maker Needless to say I’ve been on a jelly roll since it arrive on Saturday! My first test was an easy blackberry jam (recipe book included). I picked up some berries, sugar and pectin on my grocery trip. My first batch (4 – 8 oz jelly jars) was done in about 45 minutes. The jelly maker made it so easy that I wanted to do more! Since that first batch I’ve made some Irish Breakfast Apple jelly and some scuppernong jelly. I called one of our local wineries and they had extra scuppernong juice left over from pressing a few days earlier. The scuppernong jelly was a test since I did not have a recipe. Instead I used the apple recipe from the guide and used scuppernong juice instead. The first batch turned out awesome! The second batch did not set so I will reprocess it later today. I was going good until I ran out of pectin and used a different brand. Lesson learned…if a recipe calls for a specific pectin don’t swap it for a different brand. Well swap if you’d like, but you’ll be doing twice as much work when re-batching time comes around. Take a peek at all the jelly!
I tend to be a little ADD when it comes to projects and things around the house. At any one time there may be several projects in different phases of completion. Oh LOOK! A chicken! Just kidding. One of my hobbies is finding and saving old books. It used to be any type of book but now my favorites are cookbooks and the older the better. Well I found this awesome site that for me is even more exciting. Ok, not more exciting as finding a 1902 Bible and its hand colored illustrations still bright and colorful, but close. The site I’m talking about is called Feeding America.
Feeding America is a project that has created an online digital collection of American cookbooks from the late 18th to the early 20th century. So far Michigan State University has digitized 76 cookbooks! The best part is that they are searchable! This means that if your looking to find out what your great great grandmother may have cooked for Sunday dinner you’ll probably find something close within one of the cookbooks.
Well my latest adventure is a recipe from the following book: “A Century Of Good Cooking”. This cookbook was compiled by the Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church and printed in 1993. Not a very old book, but thought I’d give one of the many recipes a try. This week it’s:
- 1/3 cup minced onion
- 3 tablespoons margarine
- 1 cup catsup
- 1/3 cup vinegar or lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Combine margarine and onion in saucepan, simmer slowly for 10 minutes. Add other ingredients and cook slowly until well blended, approximately 15 minutes. Good for all types of meats. Keeps well in refrigerator.
This one turned into a type of mustard sauce. The recipe made about a quart of sauce and I decided to use it with chicken. After I made the sauce I put a couple of boneless chicken breasts in the slow cooker and covered them with half the sauce. Since I had to work today I set the slow cooker on low temperature and let it go for 8 hours.
Guess what we’re having for dinner! Barbecue Chicken! I’ll update later with how it tastes.