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An Experiment in Canning


By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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Happy Birthday to Chad Danielson today!

It was a quiet Sunday last weekend with my husband and son away at a movie and I had raspberries and jalapenos defrosted and calling my name. My original plan was to do canning with some friends, including my friend Kari who cans all the time and was going to be my “go-to-girl.” But even the best laid plans go awry. So, instead, I was going it alone that Sunday but I was not worried. After all, how hard can it be? (smile)

Well, it would have been even harder if it wasn’t for my friend’s canning contraptions that I borrowed. My canning memories date back to using a fork and tongs to try to get the burning hot lids and rings out of the water. I definitely saved on a few hand burns last weekend by using her cool tool with the magnet on the end that quickly picked up my lids and rings from the water. Score!

The other tidbit of advice I will share about canning is to follow the recipe. Many of you who are experts at this already are probably saying, “Well, of course!” But for this novice, I did not see an issue with putting it all together at once. That is, until my first batch was done and it was runny---my head then quickly turned to read the recipe. For the next two batches, I followed the recipe and added sugar AFTER first ingredients came to a boil. The second and third batches were beautiful, thick, and looked like they were purchased at a store.

So what to do with this jam? It is a welcomed friend at all of our neighborhood parties. Place a block of cream cheese on a plate, spread this jam to cover the cheese, and put out your favorite crackers and dig right in! It also is a great compliment to your summer grilled pork chops or pork loin. Enjoy!

Raspberry - Jalapeno Jam

Ingredients ---Makes 8 - half pint jars

4 cups crushed raspberries

1 cup minced jalapeno peppers ---I used ½ cup

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 (2 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin

7 cups white sugar

8 half pint canning jars with lids and rings

Directions

1. Place the crushed raspberries, minced jalapeno pepper, lemon juice, and pectin into a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Once simmering, stir in the sugar until dissolved, return to a boil, and cook for 1 minute.

2. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water f .....
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Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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During these crazy, busy summer months, I decided I wanted to take a little extra time on Fridays to spend the work day with our children. Every Thursday, our team at the newspaper works diligently to “put the newspaper to bed,” as has been sa ..... 
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Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream

By Kathy Little

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
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Banana Split Dessert

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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Don’t worry, be happy…that’s how ice cream makes most of us feel…it’s the summer comfort food. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” wasn’t just a cute saying, but actually a song written in 1927 and recorded by the War ..... 
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Shangri-la

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
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We pack a lunch, wildflower book, camera and bug spray to be ready for anything, and head over to Choice, the tiny settlement on County Road 43 between Mabel and Rushford. There we meet up with several carloads of Harmony Garden Club members and the ..... 
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Luscious Lemon Bars

By Judy Thomas

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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Becky's Food Tales - A baby bird, the folly of man, and rhubarb cake

Mon, May 26th, 2014
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The Sunday before last, my husband and I drove out to the tree dump. No particular reason, we didn’t even have any brush to dump. But I had noticed that the fire from the tree dump seemed particularly smoky that evening, and I wanted to see what wa ..... 
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The Working Mom: Boys Will Be Boys

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how many ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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The last week of April was a bit on the cool side and more or less relatively damp. But Mother Nature made a few changes so many of our farmers found their way into their fields when the sun reappeared, the weather warmed up, and the soil became wor ..... 
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