Elderberry Preserves

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Hey Friends!!

it’s that time of year where our elderberry bushes are ripe and it’s time to make something delicious and yet nutritious and very good for you! Elderberries are known for their medicinal properties. They are great to ward off a common cold and keep your immune system strong. I however never like to see how so much sugar is added to all elderberry recipes! Sugar can lower your immune system so no fun!

So I thought I’d make a recipe that contains just natural sugars and still makes the recipe sweet but without processed sugar. Yay! So I present to you a elderberry preserve. It’s like a jam and you can put this on toast or just eat its by the spoonfuls. Delicious!! I went ahead and canned it so it will be preserved and ready for us all winter long!

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Elderberry Preserves

1/2 cup raw elderberries ( you may also use dried elderberries. If so, soak overnight prior to using) If you are gathering elderberries directly from a bush 1/2 equaled about 6 large heads of elderberry.

3/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups apple juice

3 tsp sugar-free pectin

1/2 cup date paste ( soak 1 cup of dates in 1 cup of water overnight. Then blend well in food processor)

1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

Bring berries, water, and juice to a boil.

Remove one cup of jam mixture from heat, add pectin, date paste, and lemon, blend until smooth.

Return blended ingredients to pot and bring to a boil once again. Reduce heat slightly and keep stirring for5 minutes.

Remove pot from heat and pour jam into canning jars. The sugar-free pectin will harden the jam as it cools.

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Canning

To can the preserves simply boil your canning lids and jars. Once sterilized pour mixture into jars through funnel as pictures. leave space at the top. ensure there are not air bubbles. Wipe jar opening clean. Then place lids on, tighten lid, and place in canning pot for 10 minutes. Once time is up place on counter to cool. You will begin to hear a pop as the lids are sealing onto the jars.

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Gift Idea!!

Get a piece of linen and cut into a small square. Remove ring from top of jar. place fabric on top of sealed lid and then tighten ring around it. Trim the square smaller but still maintain the square shape.

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You can even add a stamp or letter to the top of the jar directly onto the fabric. What a fun gift this would be!!

You can even add a stamp or letter to the top of the jar directly onto the fabric. What a fun gift this would be!!

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Fresh Summer Salsa + how to can it

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Summer is the perfect time to can and make some salsa! Most of us usually plant the items that go into salsa such as tomato, cilantro, bell peppers, jalapeños,etc. Why not store up all that goodness and enjoy it year round?




Here is a recipe you can use to make fresh salsa and to can it! If you make it fresh and not can I cut this recipe in half! You would then store the salsa in the fridge for a couple of weeks or so. If you can it, you can then have it preserved for the next year!


Farm Fresh Salsa ( cut recipe in half when not canning it)

14 cups tomatos ( once processed through food processor )

1.5 cups green bell peppers ( roughly chopped)

1/2 cup banana peppers ( roughly chopped)

1.5 large red onion ( roughly chopped)

2 Jalapeños ( seeds removed)

6 cloves of garlic minced 

3/4 cup white vinegar 

Juice of 2 limes 

2 6 Oz can tomato paste 

1 tbs roasted cumin 

1 Tbs sea salt 

1 Tbs oregano 

1 tsp cayenne 

1 bunch of cilantro 


Supplies needed if canning

Jars- I used pint size jars for this recipe- purchase HERE

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Canning Supplies purchase HERE 

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Canning pot purchase HERE

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7 easy steps to can! See Below!

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STEP 1

Prepare everything!

Prepare the tomatoes by washing, coring and quartering. Chop in food processor or by hand until they reach your desired level of chunkiness. Most canning recipes have you remove the skins. I feel if you chop them up in the food processor the skins do just fine and it’s not a problem later. Prepare the peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro by rinsing, removing the peels, stems and/or pith. Roughly chop by hand and then finely chop in the food processor.


I use a food processor like this one! CLICK HERE

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STEP 2

Stir together all chopped ingredients in a stockpot on the stove, adding the amount of lime juice + vinegar. Also stir in salt and spices, adjust to taste if needed. Bring your salsa to a gentle boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

If you are making this to use quickly and NOT can then you are done!! Pour mixture into jars ( will make approximately 3 jars if you make 1/2 the recipe) and refrigerate once cooled!

If canning proceed to next steps!

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STEP 3

While salsa is simmering, place lids in another pot and pour boiling water over them to sterilize. It’s good if you sterilize or wash the jars prior to as well. You can also use your sterilize cycle on your dishwasher for the jars and then place the lids in a sauce pan on the stove with simmering water. I also threw the rings in there for good measure but you don’t have to. Just boil lids for about 5 minutes and you should be good!

Fill your large canning pot with water and bring to a boil .

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STEP 4

Once you’ve cooked your salsa fill the jars with salsa (can use jar funnel, ladle or liquid measuring cup), leaving at least 1/2 inch empty space at the top of the jar.

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STEP 5

Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean, damp cloth and check lid to make sure both are completely free of any salsa debris to ensure a strong seal. Place lid on jar with your magnet handle and hand-tighten the ring.

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STEP 6

Once your big pot is hot and boiling add your jars. If you are making this recipe it should exactly fill 7 jars which is what fits perfectly into the canning pot.

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STEP 7

Cover with lid and cook for 20 minutes. Once the time is over turn of heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Then with your handle carefully remove the jars and place them on your countertop. You will soon start to hear a popping sound which is the lids sealing. Let the jars sit for 24 hours to completely cool.

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Now you are ready to EAT, EAT, EAT!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you love this tasty recipe as much as I do! You can gift this to friends and family as a great housewarming gift!!

xoxo

Annette


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