Let’s discuss your stash. You understand which one I imply. All these pickles, tomatoes, jams, and preserves that you simply so painstakingly “put up” on the finish of final summer time–or had been gifted by well-meaning associates–and which are nonetheless lingering within the cabinet firstly of this new canning season.
It’s not that you simply don’t wish to enjoyment of these preserved items. You do! It’s simply that… they’re so treasured, proper? You wish to save them for an important day, proper? Or possibly, simply possibly, there’s solely a lot toast with heirloom fruit jam that you could eat, proper?
Properly, my buddy Marisa McClellan, a.ok.a. the Canning Queen, simply got here out with a model new cookbook to assist us all with our canned items dilemma. The Meals in Jars Kitchen is allllll about utilizing up these pickles and preserves that we’ve stocked away.
A Cookbook For Cooks and Canners
Whether or not you’re a beginner canner or have been on the canning sport for years, I believe this can be a e-book you will discover very helpful. It strikes past (method past!) merely relegating jam to toast and tomatoes to pasta.
Right here, we get jam swirled into cocktails or baked into granola. We get hummus made with preserved lemons and get together dips made with chutney and pesto. Questioning what you are able to do with sauerkraut moreover piling it on sausages? Marisa’s acquired a frittata that you simply HAVE to attempt.
The purpose is, this can be a cookbook that can encourage, encourage, and cajole you into utilizing up your canned items stash. And belief me–after you see these recipes, you’ll!
Additionally let me be clear, this cookbook isn’t simply for canners. One of many issues I like about this e-book is that you could make any of the recipes utilizing preserves that you simply’ve been gifted, picked up on the farmers market, or purchased on the retailer.
Let’s Speak Marmalade Cake
I had a really exhausting time selecting only one recipe to share with you all, however this cake took the, ahem…cake. In her headnote for the recipe, Marisa says that she made a six of those truffles to serve at her marriage ceremony, and after making it myself, I can see why.
This cake is moist and wealthy — however not so wealthy that you simply couldn’t take it to work as a superbly respectable afternoon snack. The citrus taste is simply wonderful, tender and so very nice, like waking up from nap and feeling the afternoon sunshine in your face.
I actually just like the glaze that will get brushed excessive and sides. It turns the surface edges of every slice candy-like and provides the proper burst of sweetness to every chew.
Retailer this cake proper on the counter and lower your self a slice every time the necessity arises. It retains properly for a few week and will get even higher with time. Marisa additionally says the cake freezes properly — the recipe makes two, and I froze my second loaf for an additional day.
A Q&A with Marisa McClellan!
I assumed you all would take pleasure in attending to know Marisa somewhat higher, so right here’s somewhat Q&A! Her weblog, for these of you who don’t know, is Meals in Jars, and it’s a treasure trove of canning inspiration.
- What number of canned items do you assume you at the moment have in your kitchen?
If we develop the query to incorporate my whole condominium, the reply might be one thing within the neighborhood of 250 full jars. That features jams, pickles, chutneys, salsas, complete fruit, pie filling, tomato merchandise, and even strain canned beans and shares.
- What canned items do you ensure that to re-stock yearly?
Roasted corn salsa. Bitter cherry jam. Apricot preserves. Tomato jam. Pickled inexperienced beans.
- What summer time produce are you most enthusiastic about coming again in season?
Apricots. They carry me unbelievable quantities of pleasure.
- What’s your secret most-favorite recipe from Meals in Jars Kitchen?
My most beloved recipe is the Fast Strudel. It comes from my Nice-Aunt Doris and I like the sensation of generational connection that making it provides me. Plus, Aunt Doris would have been so extremely thrilled to have had her recipe in a cookbook. If she was nonetheless alive, she’d be promoting copies of this e-book out of the again of her Buick to all the women on the synagogue.
- You’ve now written, what, FOUR books about or associated to canning — what about canning do you’re keen on? What retains you coming again for extra?
I do know. It’s somewhat loopy that I’ve basically spent the final decade digging right into a single matter. However I actually do discover it countless fascinating. And the factor I most love about canning is that it’s a cooking mission that endures.
Once we make a meal, that have lasts 20 or 30 minutes, earlier than the pleasure is completed and you might be begin fascinated with how it’s important to do it once more. With canning, you get to relive the enjoyment of the selecting, gathering, and making over and over. There’s deep satisfaction in that.
Thanks, Marisa! And on that beautiful notice, I encourage you all to make this recipe for Marmalade Cake. It’s actually positive to develop into a favourite.