What have you canned this year - 2010?
Yeah, I know, this thread is probably a little premature, seeing as how my tomatoes are currently about the size of a large pea, but I've gotten a few things done, and wondered if anyone else has broken out their canner yet.
So here's what I've done so far this year:
6 half pints of Strawberry Rhubarb Jam - Forgot to add that 1/2 tspn of butter, and it foamed something horrible. Not pretty enough to give as gifts, but tastes okay.
9 half pints of Sparkling Holiday Jam - This is a combination of strawberries and cranberries. It looks beautiful, and is some of the best tasting jam I have ever made. My family will probably get most of it though ...
6 pints of Jellied Cranberry Sauce - Made this for the kids, because I found cranberries for 1 cent/bag right after Christmas, and bought all they had. Kind of wish I could have strained out the seeds and skins, but it set nicely, even with no added pectin, and the flavor is just like the stuff in the can that the kids love.
4 half pints of Kiwi Daiquiri Jam - Sounds way better than it looks or tastes! Without adding food coloring, it's a not-so-lovely pale green, and again, I don't care for the texture of seeds in my jam. The flavor is similar to a margarita, which doesn't really compliment the sweet breads/muffins I usually eat with jam. Glad it only made 4 half pints!
9 half pints of Apricot Pineapple Jam - Just made this today. Seemed a bit runny at first, but I just checked the jars, and it is starting to set up a bit.
... and last, but not least, Zucchini Candy. Yep, that's right, Zucchini Candy! Found the recipe on the Harvest Forum, and thought the kids would like it. I used my DH's french fry cutter, boiled them in a Kool-aid syrup, and now they are in the dehydrator. They're supposed to taste similar to gummy worms. I split the batch, and made half Black Cherry, and half Pink Lemonade. If it goes over well, I'll try some other flavors.
So has anyone put anything up yet? I'm hoping to have enough cucumbers to make some pickles in the next couple of weeks, but they are behind, just like the tomatoes this year.