Recently I've been reflecting on my canning successes and failures. Okay, I haven't actually failed at any preserving that I've tried, but there are certainly preserves I won't be making again. Some we didn't like, while others were great but we struggled to use them up or they were just too involved to make. Here is Part 1 of my thoughts on my past preserving experiences, specifically, what I would definitely make again:
-Blueberry Cinnamon Butter in the slowcooker - using the slowcooker made this even easier than usual jam recipes!
-Raspberry Blueberry Jam
-Rhubarb Compote - great on toast, oatmeal and ice cream
-Applesauce - Note to self to remain patient and avoid turning up the heat - burnt apple and sugar is hard to scrub off the pots. Also next time I won't overfill the jars and thus avoid applesauce leaking out into my water bath...
-Pickled Green Beans with Allspice - a definite favorite among family and friends
-Whole or Diced Tomatoes - This may be the most useful preserve I make!
-Apple rings -It's hard not to eat the equivalent of several apples in these at one time!
-Mint tea - Has been well received when gifted in pretty jars and one of my favorite teas.
-Basil - I still have some from 2010! This gets used slowly. Definitely dry thai basil though for those pac choi soups and stir fries.
-Basil Pesto - useful dinner standby
-Arugula Pesto - I'll mix this with basil or kale for a less sharp taste.
-Sauerkraut - still working on perfecting this one, but it goes so well with so many things that we eat!
-Kombucha - lots of options for making different ones with a variety of teas and sweeteners.
- Rumptof - Delicious! Need to make cocktails or something else with the fruity syrup leftovers though.
-Vanilla Extract - No need to make this often - it lasts forever!
- Rhubarb Shrub - great thirst quencher with an interesting history!
*Part 2 and 3 of this post series can be found here and here.