Just because many of the farmers markets have closed down, and the roadside produce stands are boarded up for the winter, doesn’t mean we have to pack away our canning jars and declare the season over. There are still plenty of fun preserving projects to be relished (groaner!) during the darker months of the year.
In some ways, canning from November to May is more enjoyable than during the hectic summer months. The pressure in August to put up the season’s bounty before it spoils can take the fun out of it. In winter you can choose your recipes with leisure without fear of fruit over-ripening – plus the temptation for a nap in the sun or a trip to the beach is no longer a distraction!
Right now, fresh Canadian cranberries are in stores and I’m getting ready to simmer up a few batches of cranberry sauce. Perhaps after that I’ll plan an apple project, because we go through apple butter like, well, butter.
I’m not the only one who cans year ’round. Home preserving enthusiast Marisa of Food in Jars proclaims:
“No matter the season, there’s always something to make and can. In the fall there are so many lovely apples and pears to be turned into sauces, butters and chutneys, as well as all matter of cruciferous vegetables that makes for amazing pickling. By the time their season is over, the winter citrus has arrived, perfect for those tart marmalades and curds. Before you know it, the rhubarb is bursting forth and with it, spring!”
Photo by Marisa McClellan
So without further ado, here is some inspiration for your winter canning, but don’t worry, there’s no rush. Those sweet onions and young beets are a tad more robust than July’s delicate raspberry. They’ll hold in a cool, dark place if you want to put off canning for another weekend. Don’t wait too long, though! Home preserves make mighty fine gifts for the holidays.
Inspiration for Canning with Winter Produce
- Cranberry Grapefruit Marmalade :: Kitchen Simplicity (pictured at top)
- Apple Marmalade with Rosemary :: Tigress in a Jam
- Pomegranate Jelly :: Spectacularly Delicious
- Honey Apple Cinnamon Jelly :: Retro Food
- Persian Grapefruit Marmalade :: Spectacularly Delicious
- Rosy Quince Jelly :: Food in Jars
- Blood Orange Port Marmalade :: Leena Eats
- Rose Hip Jelly/Jam :: Simply Recipes
- Honey Lemon Apple Jam :: Food in Jars
- Vanilla Grapefruit Marmalade :: Stetted
- Mint Jelly :: Simply Recipes
- Cranberry Ketchup :: Autumn Makes & Does
- Garlicky Bread & Butter Onion Pickles :: Robbing Peter
- Persimmon and Habanero Chutney :: Lemons and Beans
- Spicy-Apple Chutney :: Autumn Makes & Does
- Carrot-Jalapeño Pickles :: Southern Fried Curry
- Pickled Grapes Three Ways :: Nomnivourous
- Onion Apple Ale Relish :: Leena Eats
- Preserved Lemons :: Chiot’s Run
- Pickled Beets :: Vanilla Basil
- Onion Marmalade :: Life is Great
Pst! Stay tuned because I’ll be giving away some lids from Tattler tomorrow!
What is on your list this winter to preserve? Is there a specific ingredient or recipe you’d like to see featured here?