Saturday, March 13, 2010

Red Onion Marmalade

Woodman indicated he would be doing his own can jam this month but I don't see that happening!  Best laid plans and all that.  That said, I have completed my mission for the month.  I wasn't sure what to do with onions, which is the only allium I felt like canning.  A few months ago I did Tigress' Onion Tickled Pink which I highly recommend.  These are the greatest condiment ever.  But alas, they are not really a canning item.  Just a make and eat - keep in the fridge kind of thing so would not qualify for the a Can Jam entry since there is no water bath canning.  Of course you might be able to can them I will have to check into that.

I wanted something sweet anyway so I searched and searched for recipes.  The Ball Blue Book's Red Onion Marmalade with 4 cups of sugar looked like it would do the trick.  So I started the process, wanting to get it in early so Tigress could get her part done before her busy work schedule.  It was the least I could do since she does such a great job of the summary and puts so much time and energy into this.  For those of you who are not familiar with the Can Jam check it out on my widget to the right but I digress.  I wait until today to get my project done.  I had already gathered the ingredients last weekend.  Of course two of the girls got in to my apple juice so I had to quickly put a stop to that so I would have some left for this recipe.  Unfortunately, I did not do the same with the dried cranberries!  I cut up my onions today and open the cabinet to get my cranberries out and they are gone.  One of the girls ate them with oatmeal this week - every day! I have had these cranberries since the holidays so it did not occur to me they would be gone.  Back to the store (after calling two neighbors who didn't have an either).  Upon my return, this recipe went so quickly.  It really was fast and easy and YUMMMMMY!  I'm going to have a little with a pork roast tonight but alone it has a nice sweet, oniony flavor.  I think this might become a household staple.  I'm starting to get a lot of these thanks to the can jam!!

Red Onion Marmalade (Ball Blue Book)
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced, halved peeled red onions
1/2 cup dried cranberries finely chopped
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 package powdered pectin
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
3 cups apple juice
4 cups sugar

Saute onions, cranberries, brown sugar and vinegar until onions are translucent.  Combine onion mixture with powdered pectin, orange peel and apple juice in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Add granulated sugar stirring until dissolved.  Return to a rolling boil.  Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, skim foam if needed.  Ladle hot marmalade into hot jars leaving 1/4 headspace.   Process for 15 minutes.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Onions! Alliums?

March Can Jam is Onions.

DD and I have an issue though, she wants something sweet, and I want something savory.... I am voting for dueling household can jamming!! While I have helped can a gazillion times (Ok a couple dozen or so), I have mostly been the one cutting things up and mashing things together and stuff like that, pure sweat shop labor. This will be the first time I have tried the whole process from start to finish.

Thursday DD put up some spaghetti sauce. Big can of tomato sauce, big can of crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano. 7 quarts of spaghetti sauce for about $7.

Friday was our youngest daughter's birthday. The big THREE!! We let her pick out her cake. Strawberry cake with strawberry icing, strawberry orange juice, vanilla ice cream with strawberry syrup..... I guess it's a strawberry kind of birthday.