Category Archives: Canning

Cherry Black Pepper Jam

I have been making this jam for many, many years and boy, is it good on a toasted sourdough turkey sandwiches with a bit of cream cheese (or 3 sandwiches if you are Griffen or Berlyn). I can’t say “YUUUMMM!” enough.   When I open a jar, I  know that  it will be gone faster than I can say “cherries!” 

We also make this same recipe with Strawberries as well. And man, that black pepper just adds a bit of kick perfect for a sweet and savory dish. 

I never make quite enough of this jam either to last until cherries are ripe the next year. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 4 cups of  pitted and stemmed cherries ( I buy mine in bulk from my local fruit lady in the fall. HI JESS! and they come in 5-gallon buckets, pre-pitted!)
  • 3 TBSP lemon juice
  • 4-1/2 TBSP Pectin
  • 2TBSP Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Bring to a boil and then add

  • 6 cups sugar

Stir, Stir, Stir!!! And bring back to a rolling boil for 1 minute. 

Now, you can can add to your jars and can these bad boys for later use. Please follow all canning requirements to ensure safety. 

Preparedness class at Oathkeepers

I was honored to be able to talk at the Chino Valley Oathkeeper’s Preparedness class this weekend! THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME!!! Click the button below to download the PDF of the handout of the class.

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We talked about getting your garden up and going. Yep, this can be essential to getting ready for any disaster or need.

krisandlarry.com - Being PreparedStart simple…. Lettuce, tomatoes, squash… and all of these can be planted on your back porch in pots and will provide fresh veggies for your family. – What you don’t eat, can or dehydrate.

Next, get a chicken or 2 for each member of your family.  (Or instead, 4 quail per person in your family will provide enough eggs for your family and can live in much smaller spaces. 

If you are able, you can add sheep or goats to the swing of things in order to get milk for dairy products and I was able to show what a cheese press looks like. Yep, It was a good day!

I was able to share 2 important handouts:

  1. My list of go to websites for many different homesteading products. THIS IS NOT COMPLETE and is a full working list. Here it is to share with you!
  2. My local planting guide from Yavapai Extension Office. Here is a link for their PDF: http://ag.arizona.edu/yavapai/publications/yavcobulletins/Yavapai%20County%20Vegetable%20Planting%20Dates.pdf

Here is my list for you: 

Planting Seeds

Cheese Making Supplies

Local Delivery for Grains Meat and Other Bulk Items

Homesteading

Food Dehydrators

Goat & Animal Supplies

Soap Making Supplies

Dried Herbs and Teas

Vitamins and Supplements

Survival Products

Blog and websites from general information:

Dill Pickled Carrots

Dill Pickled Carrots - www.krisandlarry.comMy kids are GAGA for anything pickled… They will go through a gallon sized pickle jar in one afternoon. (EEEWWW I can’t stand pickles!) Pickled Carrots are one of their favorites… and such a sweet special treat for them. We buy carrots in 25 pound bags at our house (they love eating them as afternoon snacks)

 

  • 4 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns per jar
  • 30 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and sliced in half for each jar
  • 1 teaspoon dill (We use dried from our garden) per jar

I like the tall 1-1/2 pint jars for my pickles and for my pickled carrots.

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix distilled white vinegar, white sugar, and salt,  Bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Place the carrots in sterile containers. Top carrots with onions, peppercorn, garlic and dill.
  3. Cover with the vinegar solution.
  4. Water bath seal your jars for 20 minutes
  5. Marinate carrots 12 hours or overnight before serving.

When God gives you lemons… and oranges… you make marmalade (or marmalade sauce)

We had a coupon of dozen oranges that were getting old left over from several cases I bough last month. I decided to be smart… and make marmalade.  I don’t even like marmalade, but, I figured… I would give it a go.

 

I made 2 batches. The first batch… YUMMY!!! Set GREAT!  The kids are using it in sandwiches and on biscuits.

 

However, the second batch… Well, C’est la vie is really all I can say… It’s Orange slush. Or… Orange Ice Cream Topping!! EPIC FAIL!

 

How can I fix this? It is the marinade on my roasting chicken now! Roasted Orange Chicken – Doesn’t that sound tasty?

 

Oh… and that chicken was so GOOD!!!