Jams & Preserved Foods

How To Make Sweet-and-Savory Tomato Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Jam excels at preserving the tastes and smells of the season, but why should berries have all the fun? Adding tomato jam to your summer preserving bounty is just the thing to make you feel like a savvy cook and leave you with a taste of summer into fall.

Using the same principals of other small-batch jams, plum tomatoes are cooked with a little sugar and spice for a sweet and savory jam that will leave you wondering why you didn't start making it sooner.

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Canning This Summer: Here’s What You Need to Know About Pectin — Tips from The Kitchn

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Making jam is one of the surest ways to preserve summer into the winter. At its most basic, jam is nothing more than fruit and sugar cooked down until fragrant, flavorful, thick, and spreadable. But not all fruit has enough natural pectin to set into a jam with just sugar. That's when commercial pectin can help a home canner out.

So let's talk about what pectin does for jam and how to use four of the most common types of pectin on the market.

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How To Make Easy Refrigerator Pickles — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Even as a self-proclaimed pickle-lover I can hardly find the time to either slowly ferment or make canned pickles. But you know what I can make quickly and efficiently? Refrigerator pickles — and they taste just as good as anything you'd can yourself. These pickles require only slicing vegetables, boiling a brine, and then cooling for 24 hours in the fridge. The result is cool, crisp pickles ready for your next afternoon snack.

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Recipe: Strawberry Honey Butter — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When strawberries are in season, it's hard not to inhale the cartons you bring home immediately before even thinking about what else you'll do with them. I encourage you, however, to put some aside to make this butter — rich with all that fruity flavor, enhanced by honey and orange zest, and just begging to be slathered on toast or biscuits and melted all over your pancakes and waffles.

When the season is said and done, a taste of this butter will be a welcome reminder of just how sweet it was.

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Recipe: Avocado Pickles — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Firm, underripe avocados used to be something I avoided at all costs. I was in it for the instant gratification of a soft, creamy avocado that could be instantly split open and spread on toast. That all changed the day I discovered avocado pickles. While I once scoffed at a bin filled to the brim with hard avocados, these are the very ones I now happily load in my basket to bring home because there's something just as delectable to do with them.

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How To Make Caramelized Onions in a Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

For a busy cook, caramelized onions pose a conundrum. We love the rich, deeply savory flavor they add to everything from creamy pastas to burgers, but caramelizing onions — truly caramelizing them — requires more time than many of us have for your average weeknight recipe. Luckily, I have a solution: Get out your slow cooker and make a huge batch (you can freeze most of it to have on hand for future meals!).

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