Thursday, June 16, 2011

Strawberry Beverages!

I impulse-bought a new canning cookbook, one of those little magazine ones at the check out counter. It's from Better Homes and Gardens. Now, my mother has gotten BH&G for as long as I can remember. I love looking through them. Although, I confess, since I've been a home owner the garden and decorating sections always make me feel inadequate. But this canning book! It has great recipes. One of the first ones is Strawberry Margarita Jam. Yes, it has tequila in it! Cooking it made me want a margarita. But it was 8:00 in the morning. So I'll have to make do with the jam. It claimed to make 7 cups but really made 8, so there is some in the fridge because I didn't have enough jars prepped. It's berries, lime juice, tequila, triple sec, sugar, pectin, and grated lime zest. Mmmm.

I then turned my attention to a double batch of Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate (Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving). We'd bought a 5 pound bag of sugar last night and I'm already halfway through it and need to go buy more! Anyhow, there are 5 quarts of this in the canner and I can now see the bottom of the box of berries. I think I only have about 3 quarts left. I will likely throw together another batch of jam this afternoon. Maybe Strawberry Rhubarb.

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