Creating And Canning Seasonal Flavors

Creating And Canning Seasonal Flavors-Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars-Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee

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Canning jars can be used for many purposes: to can and store foods, to combine ingredients to create meals, salad dressings, or marinades; as serving containers; and to store and organize any number of small household goods such as buttons, pens and pencils, spices and oils. The uses are just about endless and are only limited within the bounds of your imagination.

I enjoy making jams and jellies as well as canning pickles, so these are the ways I most often use canning jars. But, I also have one that I keep spools of thread and sewing needles in for quick access to materials to mend garments and stuffed animals that develop holes with repeated use.

Ball Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Mason Jars

Canning jars make great gift receptacles for many types of small gifts. Not only do you minimize waste since wrapping paper or gift bags aren’t required, but you can use other small and simple things to dress it up such as ribbon, twine, and/or a gift tag. This minimalist approach allows you to let the gift itself (rather than the wrapping) take center stage. In addition, gift recipients can keep the jar to re-use in their own home in any way that is useful to them.

I’m going to show you two ways that I like to use canning jars utilizing the new Ball® Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Jars. First, I’m going to use one to combine the ingredients to make a delicious fall drink using Mocha Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee. Then, I will illustrate how I use them to make gift-worthy food items, like the Spiced Pear Butter I recently made, that are great gifted on their own or as an item in a larger gift basket to friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances alike.

Many simple and tasty drink concoctions can be quickly and easily made in a canning jar with a few ingredients from your refrigerator and pantry. I like using these jars for this purpose rather than one of those fancy drink shakers because the lids screw on and stay put while shaking drink ingredients to combine them.

I have a drink shaker and use it on occasion but if I’m not paying full attention to what I’m doing, it’s not hard for the lid to come loose. The next thing I know my delicious drink is splattering everywhere except where it belongs, in my mouth.

Plus, you can serve your fabulous drink creation right from the jar straight to your guests (or yourself, ya know). I’ve never in my life served a drink straight from a fancy shaker, it always gets poured into a glass first and who needs all those extra dishes to clean later, right?

Chameleon Cold-Brew Organic Mocha Coffee Ready To Drink and Concentrate

One of my favorite ways to drink coffee is over ice or chilled. I only really drink hot coffee in the wintertime when it’s cold out and the chill gets me right down to my bones. Cold-brew coffee is awesome because it allows me to get my caffeine fix all year round no matter what the weather is doing outside.

Since, it’s fall and spiced drinks are everywhere I decided to share the Chameleon Cold-Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. It’s delicious hot or cold, so gather the ingredients and make it with me. (Note: Sorry, I forgot to get the ground cloves out for the ingredient picture, but I did remember in time to add it to the recipe as I made it.)

Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars and Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee-Pumpkin Spice Latte-ingredients

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Chameleon Cold-Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte
Do yourself a favor this fall season and upgrade your regular latte experience by incorporating pumpkin-inspired spices for a whole new drink experience, hot or cold.
Course Beverage
Prep Time 5 min.
Servings
Ingredients
Course Beverage
Prep Time 5 min.
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend the spices in a small ramekin separately.
  2. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  3. Add cold brew, and finish with milk. Combine the mixture with a spoon or coffee stirrer (or put mason jar lid on and shake).
  4. Add the pumpkin pie spice blend to the coffee. Combine. Add more ingredients as desired to taste. Enjoy!
    Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee-Pumpkin Spice Latte-5-Shaking
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Canning jams, jellies, and fruit butters is a great way to utilize in-season fruit and make their delicious flavors last well into the cold winter months when fresh fruit isn’t as readily available (and is more expensive if you can find it).

Canning whole or sliced fruit is one way to do it, but one of my favorite snacks is toasted bread so recipes like this Spiced Pear Butter are ones I enjoy making to dress it up for extra flavor.

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Spiced Pear Butter
Fall is a time for getting cozy to avoid the colder weather outside. This spiced pear butter makes a wonderful complement for toast, biscuits, rolls or stirred into a steaming bowl of oatmeal or any other way you like it. (The cook time is long, but once the pears and other ingredients are in the pot you only have to stir it occasionally. You don't have to stand over it constantly.)
Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars-Spiced Pear Butter-Finished Product-1
Course Condiment
Prep Time 5-10 min.
Cook Time 75-85 min.
Servings
Makes 1-1/2 cups (enough to fill a 16 oz. jar).
Ingredients
Course Condiment
Prep Time 5-10 min.
Cook Time 75-85 min.
Servings
Makes 1-1/2 cups (enough to fill a 16 oz. jar).
Ingredients
Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars-Spiced Pear Butter-Finished Product-1
Instructions
  1. Cook The Pears: In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the butter on medium until melted. Add the pears, cider, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the pears begin to break down. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, 60-65 minutes, or until softened and broken down.
  2. Make The Pear Purée: Transfer the cooked pears to a blender. Blend on high until smooth. (For a more rustic texture, skip this step and add the spices next.)
  3. Cook The Pear Purée: Return the pear purée to the same pot. Add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Heat on medium until hot. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent scorching, 6 to 8 minutes, or until thickened.
  4. My favorite way to enjoy this pear butter is on toast. Delicious!
    Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars-Spiced Pear Butter On Toast
Recipe Notes

Transfer to storage jar and screw on the lid. Tie a ribbon or some twine around the jar for beautification or add a gift tag, if you wish. Of course, you will want to keep a jar for yourself, but these make great gifts, as well.

You can either store the finished product in the refrigerator (or if you use a mason jar, you can process the jar in a boiling water bath for 10-15 minutes and set aside, undisturbed for 24 hours, before labeling and storing in your pantry or cupboard).

Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars-Spiced Pear Butter-Finished Product-closeup

Look how smooth this recipe works up! You can see the spices, too, which gives it a really pretty appearance.

Recipe Credit: Blue Apron (weekly home delivery meal subscription service)

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Experienced home canners will no doubt have already noticed the beautiful new geometric shape of these Sharing Jars. They also have elongated necks that make adding embellishments like ribbons and gift tags even easier for gift giving. I love that! They also feature BPA-free jars, lids, and bands that are made in the USA.

Newell Brands®, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products, have also partnered with Feeding America® – the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization – to donate four meals for every package of sharing jars sold. Companies that give back to the community is such a kind gesture that always makes me feel good when purchasing their products.

Ball® Brand Fresh Preserving Products by Newell Brands recently celebrated the 7th Annual Can-It Forward Day. This event is intended to bring experienced as well as beginning canners together to honor home canning as a way to bring people together while preserving seasonal foods and flavors. It’s also intended to show those who may be intimidated by the canning process that it’s really a fun and easy process.

Unfortunately I missed this event and didn’t get my hot little hands on these awesome sharing jars until October. But, you can find the videos from the Can It Forward Facebook event on the Ball® Canning & Recipes FB Page. Recipes featured in this video series were:

Even though summer is over and it’s technically fall now, you can still spend quality time canning and preserving. While using farm fresh, straight from the garden foods is awesome and healthy, you can still make these recipes using produce purchased at your local grocery store any time of year that they are available. It’s all good!

Do you can foods in order to enjoy the seasonal flavors all year round? Or are you interested in learning how to do it? Which Can It Forward video tutorial is your favorite?

And when it comes to fall coffee drink flavors, which is the one you look forward to every year? Mine is Mocha Peppermint and I love a steaming mug (or to-go cup) of it when it’s chilly outside! Visit Chameleon Cold-Brew’s Recipes Page and share with us which concoction you’re looking forward to brewing up!

Share your favorites (or let us know which ones you’d like to try out) and let’s have a conversation!

 

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About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

Comments

  1. Darcy Koch says:

    You offer some good recipes here. I only drink hot coffee. I tried lattes before but didn’t like them.

  2. Gabrielle says:

    That latte sounds nifty. I’ll have to try making that myself.

  3. kristamiller5425 says:

    Maple!

  4. Kelly Kimmell says:

    The pear butter sounds delicious. I love getting a fresh batch of the apple butter at my local apple orchard.

  5. Canning is such a lost art and makes for fantastic gifts. Let’s revive canning! Excellent way to let perishable food not go to waste.

  6. The spiced pear butter sounds really yummy. I would love to make this.

  7. sounds yummy and love the idea of canning it, makes an ideal gift for the coffee lover.

  8. My aunt loves making apple butter, so yummy!

  9. Heather Meadows says:

    Nice recipes will have to give them a try someday.

  10. Bobbiejo m Patten says:

    Thanks for the recipes

  11. This does sound so fun! I would love to try canning. I have a dehyrator, but don’t use it much, it uses 1000 watts and to dry anything it takes over 10 hours, very expensive to do, and you have to be home all that time. Canning sounds more cost effective.

  12. tat2gurlzrock says:

    The spiced pear butter would make a great gift!

  13. Sheila Ressel says:

    Both recipes sound and look amazing. Learning to can is something on my bucket list. Maybe this year….

  14. denise low says:

    Thank you for sharing. They all sound delicious. You can use the canning jars for so many things.

  15. klahane ridge says:

    These recipes look delicious! I’ve made apple butter several times before & really want to try making pear butter next since pears are one of my favorite fruits!

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