Can It Up: April (and a Giveaway!)

Posted on 1 April 2014 | No responses

Can It Up: April

Photo by Gyorgy Weil

April is finally here! There are always strawberries available in California…but soon they will actually taste good!

Soon, there will be no need to make do, as with March’s fun, but decidedly unusual ingredient.

I’ve also been scouring the markets for rhubarb, but none available yet. But it’s only a matter of time until it’s (occasionally) available!

But rhubarb isn’t our Can It Up ingredient this month. What is?

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for this month’s Can It Up giveaway!
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Can It Up: Dried Fruit Roundup

Posted on 1 April 2014 | No responses

Can It Up: Dried Fruit Roundup

Strawberry Dried Fig Chutney from All Four Burners

Winter is finally upon us…at least in the Bay Area! This is more rain than we have had practically all winter, though it’s only a small dent in the drought.

But I’m happy for the bad weather since the unrelenting good weather had become rather boring. And complaining about the cold (you know, highs around 50) is always a good time.

Dried fruit was a fun ingredient!
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Strawberry Dried Fig Chutney

Posted on 31 March 2014 | No responses

Strawberry Dried Fig Chutney

When did I become such a slacker?

Wait, don’t answer that. I fear your answer.

To be honest, I’m not a slacker. I made 3 batches of strawberry preserves (1 chutney; 2 jams) for this month’s Can It Up with dried fruit. But only 1 is making it to the blog.

Slacker? Or procrastinator? You be the judge.
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Can It Up: March (and a Giveaway!)

Posted on 1 March 2014 | 6 responses

Can It Up: March

I’m thrilled it’s finally March! I consider the start of March to be the official start of canning and preserving season.

It’s also the start of another month of Can It Up! February’s ingredient was fun, but does not compare to what the rest of the year has in store for us.

Scroll down for another giveaway in the year-long Can It Up giveaways!
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Can It Up: Carrots Roundup

Posted on 1 March 2014 | No responses

Can It Up: Carrots Roundup

Spicy Carrot Ginger Chutney from All Four Burners

As usual, February flew by. It’s already March, which, to me, marks the official start of canning season!

Of course, it hasn’t felt much like winter here, although it has rained (hallelujah!) for the past few days. This week sees a return to highs in the upper 60s. Bleah.

I found carrots to be a tough ingredient (pun intended), especially since I didn’t want to pickle them.
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