Misti’s Magnificent Musings and Maddening Menage forum: Recipes

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Mar 6, 2014 12:06 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I love to grow my groceries but I do fail when it comes to variety in the kitchen. I am always looking for ways to get more fruits and veggies in, especially when they came from my garden. I hope we can help each other build a nice collection here! I tip my hat to you.
Aug 5, 2014 10:41 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Sweet or Hot pepper Jelly Recipe

Uses a simple Water bath canner
Yield: 5 jars (8 oz each)


3/4 lb to 1 pound of Peppers (see step 1)
6 cups sugar (or other sweeteners - see step 6)
2 cups of 5% apple cider vinegar (if you don't have any, use plain white 5% vinegar). OR, you may use an equivalent amount of lemon juice, instead.
3 packets of dry pectin (or 3 pouches of liquid pectin) See this page for types of pectin and where to get it.

Select filled but tender, firm, crisp peppers. Remove and discard any soft, diseased, spotted and rusty pods. Select small peppers, preferably 1 inch to 1 and ¼-inch in diameter. Larger peppers are often too fibrous and tough.

You can use jalapeno, chili or any peppers you like!

An average of 1 pound is needed per batch of 5 jars (8 oz each). For reference, a bushel of peppers weighs 25 pounds.

Wash the jars and lids

This is a good time to get the jars ready! The dishwasher is fine for the jars; especially if it has a "sanitize" cycle. Otherwise put the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes. I just put the lids in a small pot of almost boiling water for 5 minutes, and use the magnetic "lid lifter wand" (available from target, other big box stores, and often grocery stores; and available online - see this page) to pull them out.

Get the water bath canner heating up
Rinse out your canner, fill it with hot tap water and put it on the stove on low heat (for now) so it will be ready (but not boiled away) by the time you are ready for it later.

Rinse peppers, remove seeds and stems

Pop the peppers into a blender or food processor and puree them. You may need to add 1 cup of the vinegar now to get the blender to work properly with them!

Measure out the sweetener

Depending upon which type of jelly you're making (sugar, no-sugar, Stevia (but you will have to experiment with amount, each brand of Stevia is a different concentration), or Splenda, or a mix of sugar and Stevia (or Splenda) or fruit juice) you will need to use a different amount of sugar and type of pectin. The precise measurements are found in each and every box of pectin sold. It is easiest to use a no-sugar needed pectin, because you can always use as much sugar or sweetener as you want then.

NOTE: To get best results (a firm jelly) - I highly recommend using a no-sugar pectin AND sugar. Pomona pectin is particularly good for this

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Nutrasweet (aspartame) will NOT work - it breaks down during heating).
Stevia sustitutes 1 to 3 with sugar and if you prefer, Splenda (sucralose) substitutes exactly with sugar. BUT even the manufacturers of Splenda will tell you that you get best results if you just use a 50-50 mix; half regular sugar and half Stevia or Splenda.
Sugar not only affects the sweetness, but also the color and flavor. It does not affect the preserving or spoilage properties - that has to do with acid and the processing method.
you can use "no sugar" pectin in place of "low sugar" pectin - you can still add sugar or other sweeteners.
Honey or agave may be used - 75% of the sugar amount (use 3/4 cup for each 1 cup of sugar)

Mix the 2.5 (two and a half) packets of dry pectin with about 1/2 cup of sugar or other sweetener and set aside.

Cook the peppers, vinegar and sugar / sweetener

Combine the pepper puree, the remaining apple cider vinegar and the remaining sweetener in a pot and heat to a boil over medium heat, while stirring periodically, to prevent burning. Boil for 10 minutes, continuing to stir as needed to prevent burning.

Note: The recipes that were first developed and tested (in labs) used vinegar. The commonly used acids in home canning are vinegar, lemon and lime juice. Lemon and lime juices are more acidic than vinegar, but have less effect on flavor. Consequently, you may safely substitute an equal amount of lemon juice for vinegar in recipes using vinegar.

After boiling for 10 minutes, add the pectin from step 7, return the mix to a boil and then boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Skim any excessive foam

Testing for "jell" (thickness)
I keep a metal tablespoon sitting in a glass of ice water, then take a half spoonful of the mix and let it cool to room temperature on the spoon. If it thickens up to the consistency I like, then I know the jam is ready. If not, I mix in a little more pectin (about 1/3 to 1/2 of another package) and bring it to a boil again for 1 minute. Get a few jars out of the dishwasher (still hot) and get your funnel, lid lifter and ladle ready. I put an old towel down - it makes clean up easier.

Fill the jars and put the lid and rings on
Fill them to within ¼-inch of the top, wipe any spilled jam off the top, seat the lid and tighten the ring around them.
Put the lids on each jar and seal them by putting a ring on and screwing it down snugly (but not with all your might, just "snug").

Process the jars in the boiling water bath
Keep the jars covered with at least 2 inches of water. Keep the water boiling. In general, boil them for 10 minutes. I say "in general" because you have to process (boil) them longer at higher altitudes than sea level, or if you use larger jars, or if you did not sanitize the jars and lids right before using them. The directions inside every box of pectin will tell you exactly. The directions on the pectin tend to be pretty conservative. Clemson University says you only need to process them for 10 minutes. I usually hedge my bets and start pulling them out after 10 minutes, and the last jars were probably in for 12. I rarely have a jar spoil, so it must work.

Note: Some people don't even boil the jars; they just ladle it hot into hot jars, but putting the jars in the boiling water bath REALLY helps to reduce spoilage! To me, it makes little sense to put all the working into making the jam and then not to process the jars to be sure they don't spoil!

Remove and cool the jars - Done!

The contents should "set" or gel within 24hours.
Once cooled, they're ready to store. I find they last about 18 months. After that, the get darker in color and start to get runny. They still seem safe to eat, but the flavor is bland. So eat them in the first 12 to 18 months after you prepare them!

From http://www.pickyourown.org/pepper_jelly.htm
Aug 6, 2014 6:06 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
This recipe is from my Ball Canning book. The recipe still calls for a jalepeno, which I think could easily be omitted. Also, I used the following abbreviations ~
T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
C = Cup

Green Pepper Jelly
7 sweet green peppers
1 jalepeno pepper
1 1/2 C cider vinegar, divided
1 1/2 C apple juice
6 T Ball Classic Pectin
1/2 t salt
5 C sugar
Green food coloring (optional)

To Prepare Juice: Wash peppers; remove stems and seeds. Cut peppers into 1/2-inch pieces. Puree half the peppers and 3/4 C vinegar in a food processor or blender. Puree remaining peppers and vinegar. Combine puree and apple juice in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain pureed mixture through a damp jelly bag or several layers of cheesecloth. Measure 4 cups juice. If needed, add additional apple juice to make 4 cups.

To Make Jelly: Combine juice, classic pectin and salt in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Stir in a few drops of food coloring, if desired. Ladle hot jelly into hot prepared jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Recipe variations: Substitute sweet red, orange or yellow peppers and red, orange or yellow food coloring.
FAITH over fear!

Aug 7, 2014 4:24 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Veggie Tian

1 Onion
3 yellow squash/zucchini
2 medium tomato
5-6 small red potatoes
Lots of Basil leaves
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese
Slice all veggies very thinly. If tomatoes are large, quarter them. Cut large basil leaves in half.

Use a large rectangular Pyrex dish. Coat the bottom with olive oil. Sauté onion and spread on bottom. Starting on the left, layer the tian in this order: squash, tomato, squash, potato, basil. Repeat again and again until row is done. Stand up the veggies as you pack them in. Salt and pepper the row and start again until dish is full. Drizzle olive oil over veggies and season again with salt and pepper. (can also make it in round dish and work in a spiral pattern.)
Cover with foil and bake in 350 oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and add 2/3 cup parmesan to top. 
Return to oven and bake 15 -20 minutes more
Aug 7, 2014 9:12 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Since I started sharing popcorn with people I have been surprised at how many people tell me that they don't know how to pop corn. So here is my favorite recipe...

How to Cook Popcorn

Heat ¼ cup coconut or peanut oil and 3 kernels of corn in a heavy bottomed pan using high heat. When the kernels pop add 1/3 cup popcorn and put a lid on the pot. Shake constantly until popping slows. Dump immediately into a heat resistant bowl. Salt to taste. Enjoy! If using an electric fry pan recommended temperature is 375 F.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
oh wow Joseph, Judy and Christine! thank you for those! I tip my hat to you.
Aug 10, 2014 5:02 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Gazpacho ingredients

Fresh Parsley and basil
Green onions or chives
Lime juice
1t Worcestershire sauce
Green pepper
Cukes, seeded
Salt, pepper
Dash cumin
1t olive oil
1T balsamic vinegar 

Proportions change depending on what you've got. whirl everything in food processor, may need to do 2-3 batches, then eat right away or refrigerate, needs to be used right away.
Aug 10, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ohh sounds wonderful! Thank you!

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