This year my friend Kelly came over and helped me pick and make jelly...we also infused several gallons of cheap vodka in grapes...it taste like grape juice when it's done!
I love canning, it makes me feel like I'm getting back to my roots or something. I always get a picture in my mind of the women of yesteryear.
Canning isn't too hard, it's all in the preparing but it is a process. Here's a few picks form this years batch!
|I have the best results with Sure Jell|
|Cheese sloth for straining. I put this over my metal strainer.|
|My friend Kelly picken away!|
|This was one of two large vats picked that day|
|Cheap vodka, mason jars and a scale that measures lbs. Got this one on sale at Ikea for less than $5!!|
|Mashen the grapes and getting ready to add 7 cups of sugar!!!|
|Me pre heating the jars to make them hot before adding the hot grape jelly|
|Sterilizing and sealing the jars in the canner|
|You make sure that at least 2" of water cover the tops and boil for 5 minutes|
|Infusing grapes is easy, just mash some grapes and add the liquor. Shake the jar every few days, strain and enjoy!|
|That's a lot of sweet jelly!|
Pictures to come!
Spicy Pear Vodka
3 Ripe Pears, cored, pealed and cut in cubes
a couple of cinnamon sticks broken up
a little sugar ( I think I used about 1/3 cup)
1 vanilla bean ( I used pure vanilla extract about a splash :)
Put on the stove and let it cook for about 5 min. Mash the pear a bit.
Add to mason jars and add vodka.
Store in cupboard and shake every few days. You can strain it after 7 days or before, taste to test
Serve with any juice but really good over ice with water too