Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter things to do

Make Jelly, when all else fails, and the snow is to deep, making it so you can't go anywhere, then the thermometer reading is so cold you don't want to even if you could.. so here is a tip to help warm the house, get started on the canning season.. Hubby decided to make corn cob jelly and concord grape jelly.. yes an interesting combination..many may be wondering "what the heck is corn cob jelly" is is just what is says.. first you go out in the field after the harvest and collect a couple of bags of corn cobs. We prefer the red cobs as they have a better flavor and color of the jelly. After we gathered them we threw them in the corner until a better time to deal with it.. like right now ..

So you take about a dozen cobs and put them in a stock pot, cover with water, you may have to hold the cobs down as they will float.. bring to a biol and let boil for about 20-30 minutes..take cobs out and discard them. then use a cheese cloth and strain the remaining juice. Should be enough to make 3 batches, we used the recipe on the box of pectin box, for grape jelly..

5 cups of corn cob juice
1 box of pectin
1/8 cup lemon juice ( dh idea)
6 cups of white sugar

take the 5 cups of juice in a 6 or 8 quart sauce pan, add box of pectin and lemon juice (optional), bring to a boil, then add the 6 cups of white granulated sugar. Bring to a boil again, boil for 3 minutes.

corn cob jelly

And then he did the grape jelly, but guess what there are no ripe grapes this time of year,, where the heck will he find fresh grape juice for this project

Hubby used frozen concentrate, and you can use any kind of concentrate juice, mix the juice up as you would normall, 3 cans of water and one frozen juice concentrate .. then he fallowed the recipe in the box of pectin

So now i need to make up some homemade bread or biscuits 

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