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Not Your Granny's Jams, Jellies & Preserves

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Not Your Granny's Jams, Jellies & Preserves

cstout | Apr 21, 2012 10:44 AM

Have you been to a country fair lately & passed by those county extension booths where the judges are sampling the huge array of stuff in jars? Well, I am here to tell you, it ain't what Granny or Mama used to tote up there! I had the pleasure of shelling out for a plate of what the judges were tasting & it sure wasn't enough to figure out any "secret" recipes.

With that said, I am asking for some knock out recipes that leaves the "Ball's Blue Book" of canning laying in the dirt. I saw a lot of really hot & spicy titles like raspberry chipotle, habanero mango & sweet onion & garlic marmalade. Surprisingly, the combinations of "hot or spicy" ingredients were quite subtle. Here is a sampling of categories I saw.

Sauces (sweet & savory)

Butters

Marmalade

Canned pie fillings (not at all like those yucky things you see in cans)

Marinades

Pickles (I think they pickled just about everything edible in some sort of brine or other)

Do you make any exotic things like that? The trend seems to be just to add something hot or spicy to a "stand by" recipe & call it good, but these flavors seemed to have more depth & flavor.

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