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RE: 'Fancy' Strawberry Jam Recipes? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: joybugaloo on 06.24.2008 at 01:45 pm in Harvest Forum

Here is that jam I was talking about, another one from Christine Ferber if anyone wants to give it a try. This one is definitely on my to-do list. However, my raspberries aren't ready yet. What are your feelings about making this with all strawberries? --Gina

Strawberry with Raspberry Juice and Balsamic Vinegar
(Source: Mes Confitures: The Jams and Jellies of Christine Ferber)

1 3/4 pounds wild Mara strawberries, or 1 1/2 pounds net*
4 1/4 cups granulated sugar
Juice of 1 small lemon
1 1/4 pound raspberries
1 2/3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
5 peppercorns, freshly ground

1. Select small strawberries. Rinse them in cold water, dry them in a towel, stem them, and halve them. In a bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cover with a sheet of parchment paper, and let them macerate, refrigerated, overnight.

2. Next day, place the raspberries into a saucepan with 3 1/2 ounces water, bring to a boil, and boil for a few minutes. Strain this mixture through a chinoise, pressing the fruit lightly with the back of a skimmer. Set the collected raspberry juice aside.

3. Pour the macerated strawberries into a sieve. Bring the strawberry syrup to a boil in a preserving pan with the raspberry juice. Skim and continue cooking over high heat. The syrup will be sufficiently concentrated at 221F on a candy thermometer.

4. Add the macerated fruit, pepper, and balsamic vinegar, and bring to a boil once more. Skim, return to a boil, boiling for about 5 minutes while stirring gently. Check the set. The strawberries should be translucent, like preserves.** Put the jam into the jars immediately and seal.

* Where Mara strawberries are not available, use local, wild strawberries combined with ripe, locally grown, domesticated strawberries.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lindsey's Luscious (my food blog)


Strawberry Jam with Raspberry Juice and Balsamic Vinegar
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RE: Question about pear preserves (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: annie1992 on 08.12.2008 at 11:52 am in Harvest Forum

willow, I think what you are going to get is going to be more like a fruit butter and less like chunks in syrup.

I use a no-pectin recipe given to me by Readinglady, I think it was her late MIL's. At any rate it makes the best pear preserves I've ever had, bar none. I've reduced the sugar a bit successfully but if I were you I'd go with the full sugar proportions until you are familiar with the recipe and/or if you want to take that chance on compromising your jell.

the notes and instructions are Carol's (Readinglady).

Old Fashioned Pear Preserves from Carol (Readinglady)

Yu can also make Pear Preserves if you want chunks of pear suspended in syrup. By weight use equal amounts of pears and sugar. You also need the juice and seeds of one lemon. I wouldn't go over about 4 pounds of fruit because it takes too long to cook larger amounts. This takes several days, but it's mainly waiting and the results are wonderful. Here's what you do:

Day 1: Peel, core and cut firm-ripe pears into chunks or slices. Leave pieces large enough to retain character in preserves. Place pears in acidified water (Fruit Fresh or Ascorbic Acid).

Rinse and drain pears. Place in large bowl and add sugar equal in weight to pears. Add juice of lemon and place pips (seeds) in small bag. It's messy but I also add any of the pulp that was reamed out. Add to bowl. Stir gently
to distribute syrup and refrigerate overnight. Throughout evening stir occasionally to distribute sugar. (I usually don't do this more than once.)

Day 2: Place macerated pears and sugar syrup with lemon seeds in bag in large pan. Bring to a boil and cook about 10 minutes, skimming foam. Reduce temperature and continue to cook (about 20 minutes) until pears are translucent and candied. Turn off heat and leave pears and syrup overnight.
(This can be room temperature.) Cover pan with a cloth, not a lid (to prevent condensation).

Day 3: Using a slotted spoon lift pears from syrup and place in a strainer. Collect any additional syrup in a bowl beneath the strainer. (I drained syrup left in pan into a bowl and washed the pan because the syrup was
crystallized along the rim then I put the syrup back.) Bring syrup to a boil and cook to gel point stirring frequently. (Depending on how thick you want the syrup, this can be anywhere from 218-222.) You can also use the frozen plate test.

The advantage is you get to thicken the syrup just the way you like without cooking the delicate pears to the point of disintegration.

Return the pears to syrup and boil 1 minute to reheat them. Pull off heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (This allows fruit to equalize with the syrup so it doesn't float to the top of the jar.)

Place preserves in sterilized jars and BWB 5 minutes or clean, hot jars and BWB 10 minutes.

This recipe is my favorite jam recipe, ever, one of those "OMG, how did I miss out on this" preserves. It's one of the few preserves I make that I don't share, it's ALL MINE!!!



Pear Preserve Recipe
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RE: My petit potager (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: steveningen on 06.12.2007 at 12:54 am in Potager Gardens Forum

Natal told me on the Cottage Garden forum that I had fresh posts on this thread. Sorry folks, I had forgotten I posted this here. Thanks for all the nice comments. Fern, the bed is small, only about 14 feet by 7 feet. And thanks for the tip about the pea gravel Jean. I think perhaps you are right. It's such a small space. There's just something about pea gravel that takes me back to Paris though.

At any rate, here's a pic of the potager all growed up:

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This is how it looks incorporated into the rest of the garden (so I don't get in trouble with the city):

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RE: What Iowa places do you buy plants (Follow-Up #61)

posted by: JOHNSUE28 on 07.29.2004 at 11:44 pm in Iowa Gardening Forum

Anyone ever experiance Heirloom Gardens west of Des Moines on Grand near Bloomfield. Just Wonderful!


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RE: What Iowa places do you buy plants (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: SOS_Acres on 03.20.2003 at 01:10 am in Iowa Gardening Forum

There's a really nice nursery in the tiny town of Lucas (west of Chariton) called Ellis. Last year they had the most beautiful hanging baskets of flowers I had ever seen. People come from all over to shop there.


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RE: What Iowa places do you buy plants (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: chezging on 03.15.2003 at 08:54 pm in Iowa Gardening Forum

Be on the look out for a couple of annual events in CR with generally good selection, healthy plants, and reasonable prices - 1) the "Annual Perennial Sale " at Indian Creek Nature Preserve - usually 1st Sat. in May and 2) Brucemore Garden sale - either toward end of May or early June.


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RE: What Iowa places do you buy plants (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: leah_zone5 on 03.11.2003 at 06:09 pm in Iowa Gardening Forum

I like Holub's Greenhouse in Oskaloosa. I'm a cheap scavenger/plant-saver shopper. I got lots of fall bulbs in mid January at 80% off (the warm weather let me plant them, thankfully). They take good care of their perennials and annuals all season long, so you can pick up nice late season plants really marked down. After Christmas they were giving away their beautiful healthy-every fancy type of pointsettia you can think of. They have really nice greenhouses that are so wonderful to walk through in the winter. Their plants have always been healthy and it's a family owned business that's been around for a long time.


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RE: Does your home have a name? (Follow-Up #107)

posted by: leasa on 04.29.2007 at 07:49 am in Cottage Garden Forum

Hi Everyone,

Hubby was interested in the names, so I put them in list form, hope I did not miss any, might be if you want you can use the clippings feature to the right.

Maine Cottage and Red Cottage are what we are thinking, around town there's Poverty Rock, Wren Cottage, Tree Top Cottage, Gull Cottage, Far Away...From Away.


The Rose Cottage
Plum Cottage
Echoes Echos
Echo Lane
Critter Cottage
Heartland Gardens
La Casa de (our last name would go here)
Chez (last name here)
Ma Stratton's Home for Wayward Animals
Penny Cottage
Garvey House
Stratton House
Ward 81
Electric Garden
Teacup Cottage
The Happy Farm
Fuchsia Villa
Tulip Villa
Phuong Nam Villa
Song Truc Villahuong Nam Villa
Song Truc Villa
Saigon House
Dalat Villa
Dang Gia Trang (meaning "the living place of the Dang family
Tuy Son Vien (meaning "The garden in Tuy Son
Dragons Den
Pennywort Cottage
Country Cottage
Wildflower Cottage
Country Estate
Wildflower Estate
Poverty Gulch
Fern Cottage
Cookiecutter Cottage
My Starter House
80 Mile Beach
Skeldale House
Morning Glory Farm
German School - A.D. 1868
Paid Off
Peaceful Oasis
Midnight Farm
The Clarkarosa
Firefly Cottage
Hillside Cottage Gardens
Barefoot Cottage
Barefoot Manor
Barefoot Gardens
Moondom cottage
Cincinnati Cape Cod
Evenside Cottage
Daisy Cottage
Lemonade Cottage
Jardin de Rouille (which means Garden of Rust)
Iona Place
Garden of Weedin'
Citrus Grove
Yellow Hill
The cottage
Permanent Vacation
The Egg Place
Belly Acres
Bobo House
Maison de cheval blanc--House of the White Horse
Maison du Jardin--Garden House
Skye View
Skye Garden
Skye Grounds
The Dollhouse
Weathering Heights
Thrushcross Grange
Amy's Garden
Sycamore Cottage
The Demmon House
Angel Feathers and Critters Cottage
die Flederhouse
Wren's Nest
No Vue
Mantis Manor
Windy Hill
Crow Hill
Fox Run
Quail's Nest
In Over My Head Acres
I can Chew Meadow
Nine Acre Hill
Lakeview Acres
Meadowcrest Farms
The Cabin
Turkey Run
Almond Joy
Heavenly Pines
Spruce Spread
Martins Grove
Grove Cottage
Cranberry Cottage
Cricket Hill
Maple Hill Cottage
Journeys End
Frog Hollar
Cottage Cheese
Star Wood
Kent Cottage
Dancing with Weeds'
Hundred Roses
Deer Salad Bar
Foxes Earth
Work in Progress House
High Elven
Weathering Heights,
Mockingbird Cottage
Frogs Haven
Mount M...(our last name)
A House of Happiness
Angel Lane
Eggplant Flower Bed
Meditation Retreat
Peaceful Path
Enchanted Forrest
Secret Home of Fairie
The Flower Bin
Last Nickel Farm
Lake Louise
Tumbleweed Cottage
EromitromMortimore backwards!
Arbor Lea
(Last Name)" Hotel
Mon Petite Giverney
Monet's Grande Allee
Tin Box
Topanga Canyo
Massive Disaster
Heaven on Earth
Ladybug House
The Morning Glory House


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