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Seasonal Recipes

Winter - Homemade Chicken Soup - Pressure Canning

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The flavors in this homemade and home preserved chicken soup are cleaner and fresher than any store bought soup.  Not to mention beautiful!  Using fresh picked or farmers market vegetables you can easily make a soup that will be a welcome gift to scare away the winter blues.  This recipe does use chicken stock.  A homemade stock is most flavorful but a store bought one will also work.  If using packaged broth or the optional bouillon cubes be careful of how much salt is added. Always taste your soup and adjust salt and seasonings before canning. You can customize this recipe with the addition of dried herbs, do not use fresh.  Fresh herbs can interfere with the tested pressure canning process.

When re-heating your delicious homemade chicken soup later, you can add precooked egg noodles, orzo, vermicelli or rice.

Link to the Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe

By Dawn Peters, UC Master Food Preserver

Fall - Gingered Pear Preserves - Water bath canning

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Ginger and pear are a classic combination and the lime adds a brightness to the flavor and color. I cannot say enough about how AMAZING the flavor of these preserves are.  It is nothing short of addicting. It makes you feel cozy and warm and you will want to spread it over toast, yogurt, ice cream and even in tea!   The best pear varieties for baking and preserves are Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou, and Comice.  I used Bosc which gave a delightfully rich and earthy comforting flavor.

Link to Gingered Pear Preserves Recipe

By Dawn Peters, UC Master Food Preserver

Fall - Apple Pie Filling - Water bath canning

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There is nothing better than homemade pie in an instant!  A little preparation in the peak of apple season and you can have the comforting flavor of autumn all year long.  This classic recipe will make a great addition to your pantry.  It can be used to create a traditional yummy apple pie, as a flavoring in scones, a baste for your pork roast, or as a special treat on top of ice cream!

Link to the Apple Pie Filling Recipe

By Dawn Peters, UC Master Food Preserver