I’m happy when I’m baking bread. I’m happy when I’m canning. These are two things that feel good. Even if I’m having a bad day, they improve it. And a good day? That’s even better. It’s all about the creating, and for me, that is most true in the kitchen. This week, I canned up a batch of Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate in my steam canner–which I love, by the way. (It’s actually a dual-use canner, so you can operate it like a regular boiling water bath canner or use it as a steam canner. I only use it as a steam canner. In steam canning, you only use 2-3 quarts of water. I love that. No more heavy pots of water! In case you’re interested, this is my steam canner. Just wanted to mention this at the start of the new garden and canning season. If you can get yourself one of these steam canners, you will be so happy.)
Back to the Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate–I’ve been starting to get out in the gardens. It’s warm already here! Surprise spring! And I thought about all those warm (aka hot) days to come, and how I’d like a refreshing something after working outside. Mix this concentrate 50/50 with water, ginger ale, or even some vino over ice after a hard day hoeing. (I’m just kidding. I don’t hoe!) I picked this recipe out of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. This is sort of like an expanded Ball Blue Book. It has some of the same recipes, plus many more, with pictures, and of course all of the trusted Ball instructions for beginners, too. If you need this book today, let me know!
It’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by Gloria Elizabeth, in honor of her grandmother, Melissa, and daughter, Katherine.
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UPDATE 03/21/12: The winning comment number, drawn by random.org, is comment #9, countrygal. Email me at [email protected] with your full name and address for shipping!
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