Puzzled about Pectin?

157049340I received a question the other day from one of our readers about liquid pectin. I thought I’d share the question and an answer with you …

Q.: “I recently used your Liquid fruit pectin for the first time. It’s consistency was completely different from other brands of liquid pectin I had used in the past. It was opaque white and very very thick. Is this correct? I made Cherry Jam using both pouches, and need to know if it is edible. Please let me know, thanks.”

Continue reading

Three Tips on Asparagus Spears

Shirley-Camp’s-Pickled-Asparagus-PhotoOne of the signs of spring is asparagus making its appearance in your garden and in the fresh produce isle of your favorite grocery store.  Most of us are familiar with green asparagus, but it is also available in white and purple varieties.

Here are three tips on how to check your asparagus to make sure you’re picking the best:

Continue reading

Three Tips on Asparagus Spears

Shirley-Camp’s-Pickled-Asparagus-PhotoOne of the signs of spring is asparagus making its appearance in your garden and in the fresh produce isle of your favorite grocery store.  Most of us are familiar with green asparagus, but it is also available in white and purple varieties.

Here are three tips on how to check your asparagus to make sure you’re picking the best:

Continue reading

In Search of the Perfect Canner

1305 23Qt Canner leftLast week, I was contacted by Paula, a reader who is looking for a new pressure canner. There are a lot of things to consider when making this purchase and she was feeling a little intimidated:

I think I have to put on my big girl pantie and purchase a PRESSURE CANNER.  They scare the beegeebees out of me, but there are some items I want to can this year that require the pressure canner.  Do you have a suggestion as to what “brand”?  I just don’t know where to start.  Thank you in advance for any information.

If you do a search for pressure canners on the computer you come up with numerous answers…but some of them are actually pressure cookers not canners.  I know of 3 major brands of pressure canners:  All American, Presto, and Mirro (also marketed as T-Fal Mirro). Each has various features.

Continue reading