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Refrigerator Pickles

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Always on the look out for preserving foods, especially for pickles!

Here is a new recipe I discovered today from this blog …

http://savoringtimeinthekitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/refrigerator-pickles.html

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Pineapple Jam

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One of my favorite jams – Pineapple! Now that they are in season, its a good time, to make a few jars.

Pineapple Jam

Makes 2 cups of jam

  • 1 pineapple, once trimmed, about 850grams/30 ozs.

  • 500g/2 cups white sugar

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • 1 star anise

  • Zest of 1 lime

  • 2 sterilised jars and lids*

Step 1 – Remove the top, bottom and skin from the pineapple including the eyes. Grate the pineapple flesh and juice into a large pot-I got about 868 grams from the one pineapple.

Step 2 – Add the sugar and water and heat on the stovetop until you get a rolling boil. Turn down and simmer for 20 minutes until the pineapple turns translucent. Skim the scum off with a slotted spoon. I usually sterilise the jars during this time and leave them in the oven.

Skim off the scum

Step 3 – Meanwhile use a small saucepan to heat the star anise to release the flavours. Once fragrant, remove from heat and place in the jam. When the jam starts to look translucent add the vanilla bean paste and continue to simmer lightly until syrupy and translucent.

Step 4 – Remove the jam from the heat. Add the finely grated zest for the lime and taste-it may need a little more or less lime. Ladle into the still hot jars leaving a 1cm/0.5 inch gap at the top. Secure the lid tightly and turn upside down for 10 minutes to create a seal.

Step 4 – Remove the jam from the heat. Add the finely grated zest for the lime and taste-it may need a little more or less lime. Ladle into the still hot jars leaving a 1cm/0.5 inch gap at the top. Secure the lid tightly and turn upside down for 10 minutes to create a seal.

Fruit & Veg in Winter season

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Here is a quick guide to what is in season for fruit and vegetables in Victoria. Its healthy to eat these foods in season particularly. But you can also preserve or freeze some of your favorites.

Fruits
apple
avocado
grapefruit
kiwi fruit
lemon
lime
mandarin
nashi
orange
pear
pineapple
tamarillo
tangelo

Vegetables
asian greens
avocado
beetroot
broad beans
broccoli
broccolini
brussels sprouts
cabbage
carrot
cauliflower
celeriac
celery
fennel
leek
lettuce
mushrooms
onion
parsnip
peas
potato
pumpkin
radish
rhubarb
shallot
silverbeet
snow peas
spinach
spring
onion
sweet potato
turnip

Summer Season of fruit and veg

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fruit and vegHere in Melbourne, we are in the midst of summer and with it fruits and vegetables galore. This is the time we can pick ripe fruit and veg for either pickling, jams, sauces for freezing. I love going to the market and seeing the fresh food and smelling it ofcourse. I have noticed juicy red strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, mangoes, capsicums.  Now you can plan to bottle your own foods to keep for the colder months when these foods are not available in the market.

Some ideas for bottling or freezing:

  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato relish
  • Strawberry jam
  • Cherry jam
  • Capsicum relish
  • Mango chutney
  • Pickled vegetables

Have a sneak peak at what is in season in Melbourne and Victoria http://seasonalfoodguide.com/melbourne-victoria-seasonal-fresh-produce-guide-fruits-vegetables-in-season-availability-australia.html . Would you like to share links from your country?

I learnt from watching my grandma and aunts making pickles and jams. I have experimented making my own, some have turned out good, some not so good. Start with a small batch and you have nothing to lose.

I will be posting some more recipes later!

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