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Better Homes and Gardens Canning special issue

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Better Homes and Gardens Canning special issue

rainey | Jun 25, 2011 02:12 AM

Anyone seen this on a local newsstand? I got it recently and bookmarked about a dozen things I really want to try.

I just finished the Cider 'n' Spice jelly and I'm up late waiting for the jelly in the jars to thicken enough to hold cinnamon sticks in suspension. Can't wait to try it. I looks so pretty and smelled fabulous when I was boiling it. The prep and water bathing didn't take all that long. The cooling to the gel stage is taking forever! If anyone decides to give it a whirl I highly recommend not waiting until 9PM to get started...

The recipe specifies freshly pressed cider but I used bottled apple juice from the refrigerated juice section of Trader Joe's. That stuff is great and tastes like the fresh pressed cider I remember from growing up in the Hudson Valley. Plus, it's so available that this stuff can be made year round.

Next will be peach jam. There are cardamom and chipotle variations. Will have to think about which way to go.

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