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…. [read more]

Spiced Pear Butter

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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.)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Condiment

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 lbs. ripe pears (about 5-6 large pears) peeled, cored, and medium diced
  • 1/4 cup apple (or pear) cider
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • My favorite way to enjoy this pear butter is on toast. Delicious!
    Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars-Spiced Pear Butter On Toast

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).
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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)