Can jam December round-up: Dried fruit

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First i want to send a big wet furry tigress kiss (ewwww!) to everyone that participated in the great can jam of 2010! whether you participated in each & every month or just a very few, whether you’ve blogged along with me, or followed along quietly at home, whether you’ve put jar to boiling water for the very first time right here, or taught me a thing or two…

It just wouldn’t have been a ball without you! :)

(well ok, let me just give one weee little extra shout-out for those of you that canned every monththroughout the entire 2010!)

I’m touched by all the thanks and kind words about the can jam on many of your blogs this last month. thank you. i hope the intentions of celebrating and saving local produce, building a vibrant on-line canning community that’s both inspiring and helpful, and having fun while doing it all were realized. mostly i hope that if you’ve been learning to can with us here, your enthusiasm and delicious creations will inspire others to can.

finally, if you haven’t starting canning yet don’t despair because now is the perfect time! there’s a whole lotta info in the side bar essentials section to the right, and a whole lotta-lotta recipes from all of the can jammers listed by month in the side bar too!

now on to december’s recipes – i know some of you thought i was crazy when i said dried fruit.

ahem, howya like me now?…

Chutneys, conserves & compotes

apple cherry compote with hazelnuts – locally preserved
ooh, a compote! finally a compote. i have been thinking lately that we really need to start a compote renaissance, no? oh, and i am all about this spicy fig jam!

apple cranberry raisin conserve with port and thyme – prospect: the pantry i really love your pairing suggestions! a little conserve brightens up wintry dishes it’s so true! bengal style chutney – flamingo musings yes i agree, indian flavors can turn even the most mundane tofu steak into a magnificent meal! :)

chewy spicy chutney – tigress in a pickle this chutney is hot! (and he knows it) cranberry chutney- sugar crafter did you say tangy chutney? you do know i’m a chutney-lover, don’t you? and how great that you’re going to keep on canning!

dried fruit conserve (minced-no-meat) – café del manolo i don’t think i have to say twice that this is my kind of conserve! and i love that you’re going to make a pie with it for your father-in-law. ‘updated’ family favorites are where it’s at! :)

figgy lemon chutney – grow & resist first, i just like sayin’ this; figgy lemon chutney, figgy lemon chutney, figgy lemon chutney…second, this looks like a wonderful adaptation of my beloved onionz limone (RIP).

mango chutney– leena eats this blog i love me a good mango chutney, and this one sounds amazing with dates, raisins and curry powder! congratulations on your pregnancy too! pear & dried apple chutney – notes from a country girl living in the city i’m just wondering if you compared the ratios to an existing recipe from a good source. the acid level could be questionable here.

pear port compote – backyard farms love the photos of you and your year of jarred bounty, love that you did a compote, and love the pelham variation! persimmon & dried cherries with brandy conserve – showfood chef i’ve never had a persimmon, fuyu or hachiya, but i’m damn sure going to try one now! pronto!

rhubarb conserve – bigger than a breadbox i for one am always looking for ways to preserve rhubarb, since i happen to have a field of it. thanks for this one!

spicy cranberry chutney – just the right size did you just say fan-friggin-fabulous? i think you did! well ok, then. i think that means you like it! (and i must say this looks like much more than a cranberry chutney!)

Jams, jellies, preserves & marmalade

apricot cranberry & amaretto jam – laundry, etc. i love it! and thanks for the sugar % info on canned and non-canned fruit – very good to know! CherryMeyerGingerAde – rufus & clementine look, you made me use caps! this one looks all nikki – love the dried cherries in a marmalade!

christmas jam – what julia ate kudos to you for making this! it has been on my list for a while – and yours looks mouthwatering! …here kitty, kitty, kitty. cranberry jam – all types of cooking and a whole lot of canning here! i love the idea of cranberry and pecans! now, tell me, is it really true that this can cool you off when it’s 100 degrees outside!?

cranberry marmalade with dried apricots – food in jars you just keep taunting me with that book don’t you? (i totally know what you mean about book recipe emergencies – i have 3 books i’m totin’ now!) oh, and the cardamom sounds perfect in this!

cranberry orange marmalade – toronto tasting notes candied ginger and cranberries are one of my favorite combos! and i agree, these would make wonderful holiday presents! festive indeed!

dried fig jam with lemon & port – cafe libby i love figs so much i thought about making a dried fig jam for my entry this month too! glad you did! :)

habenaro hot pepper jelly – the kitchenette you are going to have a lot of happy family members this christmas, aren’t you? you rockstar-i-learned-so-much-in-the-can-jam you! jalapeño sunshine – knit & nosh i would eat this for the name alone, yes i would!

name that marmalade – hip girl’s guide to homemaking hurry peeps, get on over there and name kate’s marm to win a jar! so great, kate, to be reminded of your enthusiasm at the start of the can jam…and look at you now – you preservin’ fool you! :)

quincemeat preserves – the artisanry of acorn cottage yay for you! this looks resourceful, original, and most of all – delicious!

red onion marmalade with dried cranberries – my caffeine diary if it’s quite tasty then of course you did it right! i don’t hear your friends complaining, do you? (all i hear is those crackers crunching!) savory triple-ginger pear preserves – married …with dinner
i’m a ginger lover, so this one is calling my name…and i see you got yourself some weck jars. nice!

spiced cranberry preserves – bread making with the bread experience this looks like the perfect condiment of the holiday table! and the color is beautiful too!

Misc

blueberry maple syrup – simply loving home first of all; you make your own maple syrup – way cool! second of all; now you’re making blueberry maple syrup – way cooler! :)

cranberry mustard– mother’s kitchen i must admit, i really love it when you get ‘hell bent’ ;) and i am so happy that it has been a great canning year for you! your mustard looks delish!

dehydrated apple apple sauce – well preserved love this idea! sounds like it will make for incredible taste and texture, and honey instead of sugar – right on! dried fruit relish – wine book girl this looks very interesting. have you tried it yet? would love to hear your pairings?

grand marnier preserves – putting by ’tis the season to get boozy, tra-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laa! this looks very festive! ;)

raisin d’etre mustard– local kitchen ok, you don’t have to beat me over the head with it. I NEED TO MAKE MUSTARD!!! (and thanks for the lovely, lovely, post. how wonderful to see all you’ve canned for the jam in one place!)

stewed stuffed prunes – mock paper scissors how great that you recreated your auntie’s stewed prunes! i kinda love prunes myself, and i love that you used the term renaissance spices! :)

sundried tomato gazpacho – put a lid on it yes my dear, of course the tomato is a fruit! and i love that you used sundried tomatoes for this month’s challenge! are pepper’s fruits? ah, it doesn’t matter i’ll take these too!


photo prospect: the pantry we did it can jammers – a whole year of preserving! (omg, it feels weird not listing the next recipe posting dates)

ok, so here’s the kazillion $ question that i have been receiving on twitter, facebook, in the comment sections and a flurry of emails:

will there be another can jam in 2011? the answer is YES!

but there are some things i want to work out, like making it easier on me, and easier on peeps who want to can when they can, and come back in the jam even if they couldn’t can for a month or two. i like a challenge as much as the next cat, but what is really important about the can jam is the community – canning together, learning together, having fun and roaring all about it!

so i am going to work on all this, and roll it out at some point next year. it’s part of blog redesigns and move to WordPress that may take a while, bear with me and stay tuned for the new installment of tigress’ can jam!

in other exciting news, i am leaving in 2 days (YIKES!) to sri lanka and india and i am so excited i am bursting at the stripes! i have another post i hope to get up here before i leave, a guest spot on the kitchn going up sometime while i’m away, and big tigress-sized plans to check-in with photos and roars from the road.

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