Since I started the 2012 canning season with pickled beets in February and a batch of lemon-ginger marmalade last week, I thought I’d take stock of my cupboard of remaining home-canned foods.
I have remaining:
2 pints, Beets, Pickled
5- 8 oz jars, Green Beans, Dilly
3- 8 oz jars, Jam, Guava Spice
3- 8 oz jars, Jam, Strawberry
4- 16 oz jars Marinara Sauce
7- 8oz jars, Marmalade, Meyer Lemon-Ginger
1- 8 oz jar, Pickles, Bread and Butter
1- gallon jar, Pickles, Dill Spears
6 – 8 oz jars, Pickles, Watermelon
3- 12 oz jars, Pickles, Watermelon
1- 16 oz jar, Soup, Tomato
That’s 35 jars of canned stuff, not counting the gallon of dill pickles in the refrigerator. My freezer inventory is less precise but includes some mashed pumpkin, at least 3- 16 oz packages, maybe as many as 5, and 2 packages of snow peas.
I also have nearly two dozen eggs frozen in two-egg packets. I lightly mix the eggs, add a bit of salt, and freeze them in small ZipLoc baggies, 2 eggs to a baggie. Since I know that my hens stop laying in winter, I now have some eggs put by to tide me over November-January until they begin laying again.
My latest batch of Meyer Lemon-Ginger Marmalade was fabulous, but I’ll never be able to duplicate it. Here is what I did. This is certainly not a “how-to” because of, well, you’ll see.
Now here is where I screwed up. I was supposed to either soak the seeds and/or the entire diced lemons in water overnight. I think that is where the pectin comes from. You need pectin to gel the marmalade. Because I didn’t do that, I decided to modify the recipe and use packaged pectin. But if you use packaged pectin, you add less water and more sugar. So here is what I did. The juice etc. added up to a little over 3 cups. I added water to make 4 cups, then added another cup of water. I cooked the juice etc for an hour, then added 6 cups of sugar, which is more than what my original recipe (without added pectin) called for. I also added a packet of pectin. However, it was 15 years old, and I’m not sure it was any good. The marmalade was supposed to gel within two minutes, but it took another hour of boiling for it to gel. The final product was wonderful, with perfect taste and consistency. Too bad I’ll never be able to do this again exactly the same way.
So that was my adventure in making marmalade. To see how others are using their harvests or stored produce visit Robin at The Gardener of Eden.