Homemade Gifts and More!

Every year for the holidays I try to include something homemade in my gift repertoire. I’ve made candles, soap and pillows. I’ve baked bread with yeast I have made myself and frozen vats of meaty Bolognese. However thankful the recipients might be, I know what they really want is butter. Or, butter that has been whipped with sugar and flour and can consumed in the dark when no one is looking. (‘Cause truth be told, in my family, there is no waiting until you’re hungry when there is something new to eat in front of you.) This year, I’m going to respect their foodie wishes, while also giving them the chance to put it up on the shelf until the next meal-I’m going to make jam!

On Thursday, December 6th at 6:30 the library will be sponsoring a jam-making class where participants will learn from Robin Cohen, from Doves & Figs, how to make and can cranberry apple conserve. She will also demo some fun ideas for holiday gifts that include local and homemade treats. I’m going to take detailed notes and then start my holiday gift making. 

If you can’t make it to the program, or want additional reading, we have many wonderful books about caning and preserving. Here are just a few of my favorites:

The Art of Preserving  by Lisa Atwood

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders

Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It: and Other Kitchen Projects by Karen Solomon

Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff

The Preservation Kitchen : The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-Doux  by Paul Virant




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