It’s hard to believe that the Holidays are so quickly approaching! As we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s nice to know that you’ve got a stash of homemade, hand-crafted goodness to share with all of your hosts and loved ones. What? You mean in the midst of putting up that unusually plentiful harvest of tomatoes, cucumbers or beets that you didn’t have time to craft some preserves for sharing?
It happens to the best of us some seasons! No need to panic! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite preserving recipes for gifting and we’re sure that you’ll find something you’ll love to make & share!
There’s something about these selections that perhaps makes them even more enjoyable to preserve later in the season; when you are able to soak in the richness of the aromas and colors. It’s also a delicious way to put seasonal favorites like citrus, cranberries and nuts to good use. If you’re inclined to see more recipes from the following preservers, you can find their cookbooks in our preserving library!
a citrus spread crafted using both the pulp (meat) and the peel of the fruit; requiring a longer cook time, but without additional pectin.
a more heavily textured, chunky preserve containing fruits – often a combination of dried & fresh fruits – and nuts. Conserves are quite versatile – pairing well with a sturdy, grainy cracker or bread, soft cheeses on the appetizer stage or as a glaze or condiment for meats.
If you feel like sticking to a more traditional process for preserves that are a perfect fit for the season, try out some of these favorites!
Here are some festive ways to dress up your jarred goods and fun accessories that can help give jars life after they’re empty.