Preserves

Pickled Asparagus

I remember the first time I made pickles. I was apprehensive, thinking it was going to be difficult. Pickling vegetables is surprisingly easy and can be done quite quickly. Asparagus is a vegetable that works really well pickled. Perfect for a snack, they have a nice crunch and soak up the great pickling flavor of vinegar, dill and aromatics. My …

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Sweet Red Pepper Jelly

Pepper jelly is a great appetizer and we love it on crackers with cream cheese. I often make spicy versions like Habanero Jelly and Jalapeno Jelly. Not everyone in the family likes the heat, so this sweet red pepper jelly is nice and mild. 5 from 2 votes Print Sweet Red Pepper Jelly Author: Steve Cylka Ingredients 4 red sweet …

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Habanero Jelly

This jelly is vibrant orange and is deceptively spicy. It truly packs a lot of heat but is also very sweet as well. It is perfect to spread it on a cracker with some cream cheese. 5 from 1 vote Print Habanero Jelly Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 20 mins   Servings: 4 250ml jars …

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Corn and Tomato Salsa

I believe that food can have a large impact on your mood for the day. My wife has the same thing for breakfast every single day. Each morning she goes for a run and has a large bowl of the little wheat squares with milk. She loves Shreddies cereal and if she opens up the pantry and see that the …

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Peachy Mango Tropical Salsa

Over the course of the past week I have used a couple of the evenings to make what we will be giving our kid’s teachers and coaches for Christmas. We are giving a “Mexican Snack Basket” to them. I have made two kinds of salsa and we will include those with a bag of nacho chips along with recipe cards. …

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Chili Sauce – Classic Homemade Recipe

Every harvest season I try to do a bunch of canning. I will make different preserves each year. The one thing that I have to make every year is my wife’s family chili sauce. She remembers having her family chili sauce growing up and there is nothing that matches it for her. So, every September, when tomatoes are available by …

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Zesty Red Onion Jelly

This amazing jelly is wonderful on crackers with brie or cream cheese! Print Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 45 mins   Servings: 6 x 250ml jars Author: Steve Cylka Ingredients 2 cup diced red onion , finely minced 4 tsp lemon zest 1 1/2 cup white vinegar 6 cups granulated sugar 2 pouches (85 ml …

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Chow Chow – Green Tomato Relish

If you have a garden and always have plenty of green tomatoes at the end of the season, then this recipe is for you. Chow chow is great on burgers and hot dogs. Print Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 2 hr Total Time 2 hr 30 mins   Servings: 6 -8 500ml jars Author: Steve Cylka Ingredients 12 large …

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Jalapeno Jelly

We love this jelly on crackers with a bit of cream cheese. This jelly is not hot at all, but if you would like it to be spicier substitute more jalapeno peppers for the green peppers. Print Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 45 mins   Servings: 6 x 250 ml jars Author: Steve Cylka Ingredients …

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Making Chilisauce

Chilisauce – it takes all day, but it’s SO worth it. The jars. Watching “Anne of Green Gables” – a canning tradition Peeling tomatoes and chopping onions – my hands still smell like onions today after many washes and creams. More chopping Simmering chilisauce Pouring it into the jars   1 of 21 beautiful jars  

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