Blog Entry 36: Recipe Tip

Today I am just writing a little tip for everyone. I was to pick on canning and baking recipes because these are the ones that have the biggest problems if something is skipped or just plain old missing from the recipe.

As you all know this weekend I plan on canning. I found a wonderful canning recipe that I was planning on using but something just did not add up, how could I make this recipe with the water bath method if there was no Acid?

Here is the Original Recipe:

CHAMOMILE JELLY

1 c. chamomile flowers, packed
3 1/2 c. water
1 box Sure-jell
4 c. sugar

Place chamomile blossoms in a medium-sized saucepan. Add water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, let stand 10 minutes. Strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth. Measure 3 cups. Mix chamomile infusion and Sure-jell in large saucepan. Bring to hard boil and add sugar. Again bring to a hard boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam. Pour into sterile jars and seal.

Now as you can see, there is no acid in order to make it safe for the bath canning method. So I went on the search at 5:30 this morning. At about 5:50 am I found this wonderful bit of information:

Basic Tea Jelly

1 3/4 cup water
12 regular tea bags
1/4 cup orange juice or related juice
3 cups sugar
1 3 oz. package liquid pectin

Bring water to boil, add tea bags and steep for 30 mins. Discard tea bags and add juice, sugar to brewed tea and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 min. stirring. Remove from heat and add pectin, return to boil and allow to do so for 1 min. Skim off any foam. Pour hot jelly into jars and process for 20 min. Makes 6 pints.

(http://oldfashionedliving.com/teajelly.html)

This recipe, as you can see, adds orange juice or related juice, aka acid.  This is needed to safely can it in the water bath method.

My tip for today, ALWAYS read your ingredients. Canning and baking can both go badly wrong if you do not double check the recipe.

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