Now I know some of you are thinking: shouldn't it be 'Early Spring Canning' Elizabeth?
I made two small batches of new-to-me recipes. Canning in cold weather is a wonderful idea. The windows steam up and the pots burst with some much needed humidity. And it always smells wicked good of course.
The first, Mango Marmalade is from Small Batch Canning
Three precious jars of lemony mango goodness. I was saving this recipe for sometime in the deep dark winter - as lemons and mangoes are never in season here anyway- and this was the first chance I got. This family is crazy for mangoes and anything lemony and this jam delivers. I must make a double batch next time.
Combine in saucepan:
2 Lemons, very thinly sliced
2 C water
and bring to a boil, cover and reduce and boil gently 25 min. stirring occasionally.
Add 2 mangoes, peeled and thinly sliced (and then I chopped the slices in thirds)
Bring to a boil again, stirring, cover, reduce and gently boil 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in 2C granulated sugar. Return to rapid boil uncovered until you can get a gel on a cold plate, about 15 minutes.
Ladle into sterilised jars and process 10 minutes.
It's just too bad the Oatmeal Toasting Bread from last week was inhaled at break neck speed. I didn't even get a chance to photograph it.
I really have to coordinate the baking/jam efforts.
The next small batch was for Candied Jalapenos. I actually halved the recipe as I wasn't sure of the reception this one may get** but I was intrigued and that's all it takes for me. Unfortunately, I have to wait at least two weeks to try it out. Also called Cowboy Candy there are many versions out there. The recipe I used is here. I left out the granulated garlic because I couldn't find it and the cayenne because I thought it would be hot enough. There is another version here.
* The ice around the trees is from the stream that melted and overflowed yesterday (there is a fallen tree partially blocking it's path) and then froze again and was snowed on, all in 24 hours. Well, there was one day when we could see the grass. Sigh.
**The Lad scooped one out of the pot and put it in his soup so I think it's a safe bet after all.
Typed while listening to The Husband drive the snow blower down the driveway. If you have crocuses coming up I. do. not. want. to. know.