• Posted by Califia Suntree on September 8th, 2014, 5:00 AM

    The second winning recipe for the Spooning Can-It-Forward Day recipe contest (with generous prizes courtesy of Ball) comes from Ann Forsthoefel, also of Portland, Oregon. (What can I say, the locals deliver!) She will be enjoying a bounty of Ball Heritage Collection Spring Green Mason jars, herb savers, pectin, and more for all her future canning endeavors (from what I hear, she has many such endeavors!)—and we will be enjoying her Tarragon Pickled Beets. As the directions below indicate, these can be processed in a hot water bath to be shelf stable, but Ann prefers to make them refrigerator pickles “because it keeps the beets so crisp.”

    Tarragon Beets

    Makes 3 pints Read on… »

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on August 20th, 2013, 8:54 AM

    So we have two lucky winners of the Spooning Can-It-Forward Day recipe contest. Portland’s own Keri Padon and Chris Ericsen (of Swing Top Soda Co.) submitted the following delectable salsa, and they will be getting the Ball canning starter kit! This salsa is hot and garlicky, and just in time for full-on tomato season. Congrats Chris and Keri!

    Fried Garlic Grilled Jalapeño Tomatillo Salsa

    10 cloves garlic
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 onion, diced
    2 fresh tomatillos, whole
    6 jalapeños, de-stemmed and sliced in rounds
    3 T. rice vinegar
    3 T. brown sugar
    1 bunch cilantro
    Salt & pepper

    Fry the garlic in the olive oil until golden brown. Set aside and let cool. Take 2 tablespoons of the oil used for frying and dress the onion, jalapeño, and tomatillo. Grill until nice and charred. Mix all ingredients and add to food processor, blender, or chop all with a knife to make as chunky as you want. Add salt and pepper to taste. NOTE: If sauce is too spicy add more sugar. If you like it super spicy omit the sugar. May also be used as a marinade for grilled foods.

    Place in hot, sterilized jars and can using a boiling water bath. (Follow the salsa canning instructions here.)

     

     

     

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on August 17th, 2013, 8:08 AM

    Happy Can-It-Forward Day everyone! Enjoy this live webcast of Ball’s event at the Union Square Market in New York. Giveaways and classes until 2pm EST. Get canning!

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on October 18th, 2012, 5:04 PM

    From time to time, I feel like it’s my duty to remind everyone to pickle things! Now that winter is coming on, pickle-friendly veggies are taking center stage, and there’s nothing like a zingy bite of something sour to spark up cold-weather dishes like roast meats and stews. It doesn’t take much–maybe a quick cook to soften, and then a nice long soak in a flavorful brine. No need to do any fancy canning, just a clean jar and a fridge. The glorious pink pile you see here is a batch of watermelon radishes, thinly sliced and soaked in lemon juice, white balsamic, salt, sugar, and zest. It took but a moment and brought days of happy snacking. (This system works beautifully for daikon as well. But remember, pickled radishes of any stripe are stanky.) So as the beets, carrots, radishes, cabbages, garlic, turnips, and brussels sprouts pile up around you this fall and winter–please, remember to pickle.

 
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