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Rhubarb in a jar! Tart-sweet with apple butter consistency.
1. Chop the rhubarb into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring frequently and scraping the sides of the bowl to incorporate all the sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
2. When you’re ready to can, pull the rhubarb from the fridge and put 2 or 3 small plates in the freezer for testing later.
Drain the juice from the bowl of rhubarb into an 8-qt. stockpot. Scrape any undissolved sugar into the pot as well.
3. Bring the juice to a boil then add chopped rhubarb. Return to a rolling boil—one that does not stir down—and boil for 20 minutes. Decrease the heat to avoid scorching and still maintain the boil. Stir frequently, if not continuously.
4. When the 20 minutes is up, pull a chilled plate from the freezer. Spoon a bit of the cooked rhubarb onto the plate and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Push the outside edge of this small bit of rhubarb to test the set. If it’s too runny, continue cooking and checking every 2 minutes until you reach the set you like. If the set is to your liking, you are ready to can!
5. Stir in the lemon juice and remove from heat. Fill four, hot, clean pint jars, leaving 1/8 inch head space. Process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. Cool slowly, away from drafts.
There are pictures and more detail on the related blog post. Enjoy!
If you are lucky enough to live where the cherries are aplenty I advise you to print out this Sweet Cherry Vanilla Jam recipe and tape it somewhere that you will not forget about it when the cherries come into season! Or you can use frozen cherries like I did.
This recipe was made using the new Ball Jam & Jelly Maker but you can make it the traditional way also.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!