Low Sugar Strawberry Freezer Fruit Spread (Jam)

On May 19th, 2019 by Carma Christensen

Love seeing those luscious bits of sun-ripened strawberries on newly-baked bread?  Love the fresh taste of freezer jam?  Love tasting the fruit rather than sugar? Standard freezer jams are made from crushed fruit combined with pectin and massive amounts of sugar.  The recipe has to be followed exactly, because if the sugar is reduced, the […]


On October 21st, 2018 by Carma Christensen

The quest for the Perfect Fresh Apple Pie! I spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks searching for the perfect apple pie recipe--amply filled with slices of deliciously spiced apples with no "cave" between the crust and filling, and especially no oven boil-over (the piemaker's horror, especially the night before Thanksgiving. […]


On October 12th, 2018 by Carma Christensen

Football weather at our house is also Apple Pie Filling weather!  It is a rite of passage to gather the family to survey the plentiful and delicious local apples, choose a good Saturday, and mass produce enough apple pie filling for the year.  We have been home-canning Apple Pie Filling for over 25 years now, […]


On September 25th, 2018 by Carma Christensen

Home-canned peach pie filling--like summer sunshine in a bottle!!  Think of peach pie or cobbler in February, when we're all wondering if the sun will ever shine again here in the Pacific Northwest.  In my area, there is still a plentiful supply of late-summer peaches.  O Henry peaches are one of my favorites for their […]


On September 15th, 2018 by Carma Christensen

Peach Pie--life doesn't get better than a cool fall evening and warm peach pie and ice cream shared with friends.  The glory of peach pie is the syrupy richness of the sweet, thickened juices of the ripe peaches, but that's also part of the drama of peach pie.  Because ripe, flavorful peaches are so juice-filled, […]


On August 24th, 2018 by Carma Christensen

It's a great time of year to check out the garden or take advantage of a local farmer's market to create some truly cost-saving salsa.  Many people can't justify home-canning in terms of dollars and cents, but salsa is a winner!  And you can do it without help; the components can be prepared separately, then […]


On April 18th, 2018 by Carma Christensen

Homemade Strawberry Jam - Nothing ever made toast taste so heavenly!  And because freezer jam isn't cooked, it maintains a bright, vibrant color and "fresh from the garden" yumminess!  But if you cringe when you see how much sugar is in each batch, here's a hack for you! The problem is that standard pectin needs […]


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