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APRICOT PINEAPPLE JAM RECIPE, quick and easy recipe that is a family favorite #Jam #recipe #Apricot

I posted this recipe back in 2010…. I made it again this year so I decided I would post the recipe in case you were looking for a good way to use your apricots.  Plus my photo skill have gotten much better over the years lol. Hope you enjoy this jam as much as my family does!

IMG_3392My Grandma use to make an Apricot Pineapple jam so I thought I would give it a try.

Apricot-Pineapple Jam

Makes 9 (1-cup) jars

  • 5 cups prepared fruit (about 2-1/2 lb. fully ripe apricots)
  • 1 can (15-1/4 oz.) crushed pineapple in syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries (optional I do not add them)
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 box fruit pectin (such as Sure-Jell)

Boil jars on rack in large pot filled with water 10 minutes. Place flat lids in saucepan with water. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Let jars and lids stand in hot water until ready to fill. Drain well before filling.
Pit apricots; do not peel. Cut in small pieces and finely chop or grid. Add pineapple and syrup. Measure 5 cups apricotes, can of pineapple into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. Add cherries. Measure sugar and set aside.

Mix fruit pectin into fruit in saucepot. Place over high heat and stir until mixture comes to a full boil. Immediately add sugar and stir. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam with metal spoon.

Ladle quickly into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8-inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Invert jars for 5 minutes, then turn upright. After 1 hour check seals.

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Apricots washed and pitted

IMG_3376I am not to big on “chunky jam” so we whipped ours.  Maleeya helped me…aren’t her tiny little hands cute.

IMG_3378Pineapple, Apricots and Pectin, mixed then added to the pot

IMG_3381Stirring and waiting to come to a boil

IMG_3383Started to boil so I added the sugar

IMG_3386Came back to a boil, cooked another minute…..now it is done cooking

IMG_3387I have my jars and lids HOT and ready to be filled

IMG_3388It is hot so watch out… Fill jars within 1/8 in of top (I should have filled mine up a little more)

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With a hot wet rag wipe the edged clean, if there is any jam on the side it may make it NOT seal.

IMG_3391Screw your lids on firmly.

IMG_3394Turn them upside down, for 5 mins

IMG_3395Mckeely was not too sure about this part…she thought I crazy for turning them on their heads. “Mom, what are you doing?”

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Turn them right side up, after they have cooled check to see if the have sealed…. all of mine did!!!! Yeah!  If they are sealed they will not make a popping noise anymore.APRICOT PINEAPPLE JAM RECIPE, quick and easy recipe that is a family favorite #Jam #recipe #Apricot


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I admit this sounded a little weird when my friend told me about Grape Salsa… but I whipped some up. I loved it!  Our friends all liked it too.  Have you tried it before what did you think?

Grape Salsa recipe

  • 2 cups seedless grapes , coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup white onion , chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoon jalapeno (seeds taken out), diced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
Add all ingredients into a bowl, mix well.  Cover and let the flavors blend at least an hour before severing.  Pour off extra liquid before serving.  Eat with corn chips, pita chips or wheat thins.

 

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How to make Butter – Homemade Butter in a Jar

How to make butter

It’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid at a youth activity. Making butter at home was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make DIY homemade butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily homemade butter!How to make butter

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
DIY - Homemade butter in a jar
 
Recipe type: Condiments
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • Heavy Whipping Cream - any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar - with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with
  • home made butter heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then ¾ the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.
  2. It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
  3. home made butter foam
  4. As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream. It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking.
  5. Keep shaking and don't stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don't think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don't worry if you don't think the foam is "churning" or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
  6. Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
  7. home made butter buttermilk
  8. At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the ½ teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter! Enjoy your work!
  9. home made butter bowl
  10. As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.

If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!

DIY Make your own Cheese

 

 

IDEAS ON USING & PRESERVING APPLES

 

 

 

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Fresh Strawberry Baked Donuts, Healthier options to comfort foods we all love, Dessert, Recipes, Valentines Day Dessert Ideas FRESH STRAWBERRY BAKED DONUTS ~ All the yummy goodness with less fat

Let’s face it donuts are not on the top of the health foods list, but they are SO GOOD it is hard to never eat them again.  Here is a recipe that will give you all the yummy goodness with less fat since you are baking them instead of frying them in oil. The fresh strawberry glaze is amazing!  These are perfect for a fun Valentines Day treat for that special someone.

Yields: 7 donuts
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Donuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons vanilla Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg
1?2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Strawberry Frosting:
4 strawberries
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
1-2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Fresh Strawberry Baked Donuts, Healthier options to comfort foods we all love, Dessert, Recipes, Valentines Day Dessert IdeasDirections:
1. For donuts: Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla and melted butter. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry – just until fully combined (do not overmix).
2. Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or Ziploc bag with corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-donut pan. Fill the cavities about 2/3 full. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until donuts are set and golden brown.
3. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes. Dip donuts into strawberry frosting 1-3 times, depending on desired thickness.
4. For frosting: Slice strawberries and puree with 1 tablespoon strawberry jam. Slowly stir in 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, adding more until you reach desired thickness and consistency. Donuts are best served immediately. Store leftovers in airtight containers for up to 2 days.

***You may freeze the donuts (glazed or unglazed) for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm to your liking.

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