Post # 1
For the first time, I made some jelly today with some frozen fruit from last year’s mango season! It was surprisingly easy and I plan to preserve some for Christmas presents this year after the mango season arrives again. Just had to wing it with my recipe since I only had a little bit of mango. I stumbled upon this site after the fact and didn’t use this recipe below but it’s great for those without access to fresh fruit. Looks like a great site, in general, for all sorts of nesting ideas.
Anyone with advice, tips? Fun, fun, fun…and tasty.
Post # 3
You are so crafty! That’s a cool blog, thanks for the link.
Post # 4
Looks yummy! I hope you already ate some, or refrigerated it right away… You have to be really careful with home canning… follow good recipes to have the right amount of acid, and I don’t trust recipes for shelf-stable preserves that don’t have you process (boil the filled jars for a while to kill off bacteria). http://www.freshpreserving.com/ (from the Ball company) and http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_home.html are both really helpful.
What was your recipe? I’ve never had mango preserves in a jam, only chutney. What was the texture like? Runny or really solid?
Post # 5
Thanks for the extra sites. I did read the canning book all the way through, after the fact. But I only glanced at it beforehand. We are definitely eating this jar within a few days. It is not solid or runny, just in between. If I had to pick one, I would say more runny but it’s in between. As I was reading the book, there are so many types…jam, jelly, preserves, marmalade. I think it’s more of a marmalade but they sound so close so I’m not really sure. I totally skipped a bunch of steps, including measuring but I won’t if i will can in the future. This was just a test batch to get me going. Basically I trusted my instincts with a cup of mango, eyeballed some sugar…maybe 1/2 cup and a couple tablespoons of pectin. I totally winged it so I can’t say. It says in the book to go EXACTLY by the recipe to guarantee results so I will when I can it in the late summer harvest.