Wine Jelly with Reduced Sugar

Red JellyHere’s a tasty gift idea for the holidays …


1.  If a wine of 12 percent alcohol is used, reduce the amount of wine to 3 cups.

2.  Stir Mrs. Wages® Lite Home-Jell into wine and let stand 5 minutes.

3. Bring mixture quickly to boiling over high heat stirring constantly.

4. Immediately stir in sugar and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.

5. When boiling, remove from heat, skim foam, and pour into sterilized, hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.

6. Wipe rims and adjust lids.

7. Process 5 minutes in a boiling water bath.

Yield: about 4 ½  cups


Spiced Pear Jam

ScaleImage2.aspx-6Our friend, Marisa McClellan at the Food In Jars blog also provides recipes and advice to Mrs. Wages for their regular newsletters and social media. This is a delightful jam recipe she shared with us earlier this year I thought I’d squeeze in before the calendar rolled over to 2015.

Have a very Happy New Year everyone!  See you in 2015!

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Getting creative with canning can be costly.

Creative CookWho doesn’t like being creative in the kitchen?

Whether it’s decorating, adding a little something special to a dish, making your spouse wear that wacky apron from your mother-in-law. Yeah, it’s all good fun until someone gets hurt.

That’s why we don’t go overboard when we’re canning.

A reader sent in a question the other day that asks a pretty straight-forward question about changing canning methods, times and ingredients.

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“Am I doing this right?”

iStock_000015579694LargeCanning isn’t the fastest or easiest thing to do in the kitchen – and it’s important to go through all the steps, follow the rules and not poison the family. So it’s natural to wonder if there are any shortcuts or, like one of our Facebook friends wrote earlier this week, if everything is taking longer than it should.

It’s a valid question.

So here’s her inquiry and my response. It’s worth the time and the effort, believe me. There’s nothing like the fresh flavor of canned goodies in the middle of the winter.

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