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Canned Blackberry Lime Jam

Makes 4, 8oz. homemade canned gifts or 1 quart 

Ingredients  
2 1/2 tsp. Pomona’s Pectin Powder*
2 1/2 tsp. Pomona’s calcium water*
1 cup sugar
1, 18 oz. package fresh blackberries
Zest & juice of 1 lime
1 1/3 cups unsweetened berry juice
¼ cup Persian Lime olive oil (or 1 Tbs. butter) 

Preparing the Jars
Wash & rinse jars. Put in a large pot with water to cover.

Bring to a boil & turn off heat. Process the lids & rings according to manufacturer’s directions.

At the point you are ready to fill, remove jars from the water & briefly drain on a clean towel or dish rack.

Method
Combine pectin powder & ½ cup sugar. Set aside.

Wash berries & coarsely mash in a heavy saucepan.

Add berry juice, lime juice & zest, sugar, calcium water & olive oil to crushed berries.

Bring to a brisk boil over high heat, stirring often.

Add sugar/pectin powder & stir quickly to combine.

Bring back to a boil for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly. 

Pour hot jam into clean jam jars leaving ¼” – ½” space at the top.

Screw on two-piece lids.

Put jam-filled jars in boiling water to cover by 1 inch. Boil for 5 minutes, adding an additional minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level.

Remove from water & let jars cool. Check the seals as the jars cool. The lids must be sucked down when fully cool. Apply gentle pressure to the lid to ensure a good seal.

Jam lasts approximately 3 weeks refrigerated once opened. 

 *The pectin powder & calcium powder are sold together in the box of Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pectin labeled “for less or no sugar needed” can be used instead.

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Rosemary Roasted Walnuts

Makes about 4 homemade gifts, each 2 cups or about 8 cups total

Ingredients 
5 cups walnuts
1/4 cup olive oil or 1⁄2 stick melted butter  
1/4 cup fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped  
4 tsp. kosher salt  
1 Tbs. Coconut Palm Sugar (or brown sugar) 
1 Tbs. freshly ground black pepper 

Method 
Heat the oven to 350°F & arrange a rack in the middle. 

Place nuts in a large bowl & add remaining ingredients. 

Mix with your hands to evenly coat. 

Spread evenly on a cookies sheet. 

Bake until nuts are lightly browned watch carefully & stir occasionally, about 15-20 minutes.  

Let cool on the baking sheet, transfer to a bowl. 

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Sugared Pecans

Makes 2 homemade gifts, each 2 cups or 4 cups total.

Ingredients
3/4 lb. pecans
2 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 lb. melted butter

Method
Whip whites & salt in mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. 

Slowly add sugar while mixing.

Whip until stiff peaks form & whites are pasty like marshmallow.

Combine egg whites with melted butter.

Spread onto sheet pan & bake at 325.

Stir every 10 minutes until nuts are dry & fragrant.

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Canned Apple Spice Pie Filling

Makes 6, 1qt homemade canned gifts and 1 mini pie for the chef
*2 quarts of filling makes one 9 inch pie, so you’ll want to give each person 2, 1qt cans.  

Ingredients
4 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground turmeric
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. salt
9 cups water
4 Tbs. lemon juice & the grated zest of 1 lemon
6 pounds apples
Canning jars and lids

Method
Begin by sterilizing your canning jars, lids & rings by boiling them in a large pot of water.
 
Next, begin to prepare your pie filling. In a large pot, mix sugar, cornstarch & spices. 

Add salt & water & mix well. 

Bring to a boil & cook until thick & bubbly. 

Remove from heat & add lemon juice & zest.

Peel, core, & slice apples.

Pack the sliced apples into hot canning jars, leaving a 1/2 inch headspace.

Fill jars with hot syrup & gently remove air bubbles with a knife.

Put lids on & process in a water bath canner for 20* minutes.

*Add one minute additional processing time for each 1,000 feet above sea level.

 

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Brown Sesame Mustard Popcorn

Makes 4 homemade gifts in 1qt bags or about 1 gallon of popcorn

Ingredients
2 Tbs. brown sesame seeds
2 tsp. ground (dry) mustard
2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
8 tbs. unsalted butter (preferably clarified) or olive oil
2 Tbs. dark sesame oil

Method
In a small bowl, stir together sesame seeds, mustard & salt.

Pop the popcorn using your preferred method. (For a quick how to, check out our plain jane popcorn recipe which gives you the skinny on how to skillet pop your kernels.)

Pour the popcorn into a large bowl. 

Combine butter & sesame oil in a small bowl, stir.

Pour the oil mixture over popcorn  & sprinkle with sesame seed mixture, tossing to coat.
                                                                                                      

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Blackberry Lime Jam

Makes 1 quart of jam

Ingredients 
2 1/2 tsp. Pomona’s Pectin Powder*
2 1/2 tsp. Pomona’s calcium water*
1 cup sugar
1, 18 oz. package fresh blackberries
Zest & juice of 1 lime
1 1/3 cups unsweetened berry juice
¼ cup Persian Lime olive oil (or 1 Tbs. butter) 

Preparing the Jars
Wash & rinse jars. Put in a large pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil & turn off heat. Process the lids & rings according to manufacturer’s directions. At the point you are ready to fill, remove jars from the water & briefly drain on a clean towel or dish rack.

Method
Combine pectin powder & ½ cup sugar. Set aside. Wash berries & coarsely mash in a heavy saucepan. Add berry juice, lime juice & zest, remaining sugar, calcium water & olive oil to crushed berries. Bring to a brisk boil over high heat, stirring often. Add sugar/pectin powder & stir quickly to combine. Bring back to a boil for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly.

Processing
Pour hot jam into clean jam jars leaving ¼” – ½” space at the top. Screw on two-piece lids. Put jam-filled jars in boiling water to cover by 1 inch. Boil for 5 minutes, adding an additional minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Remove from water & let jars cool. Check the seals as the jars cool. The lids must be sucked down when fully cool. Apply gentle pressure to the lid to ensure a good seal. Jam lasts approximately 3 weeks refrigerated once opened.

*The pectin powder & calcium powder are sold together in the box of Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pectin labeled “for less or no sugar needed” can be used instead.

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