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It must be Christmas!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday September 14, 2011   -   By Sonya

Besides having an incredible harvest to deal with, we are inundated with loading out for our biggest show of the year, the Country Living Magazine Fair in Columbus, Ohio.   Last year, we had our hometown Applefest on the same day (our 2nd biggest show of...

A fresh marmalade morning...

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Tuesday August 30, 2011   -   By Sonya

What started as a lovely morning (70 degrees and a sunny blue sky), turned even brighter when I was presented with this golden clear marmalade.  Chad, a friend, has a penchant for making sensational and creative marmalades.  OK, I make a LOT of jams...

Perfect Girls' Getaway: B&B and Canning Classes

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday August 24, 2011   -   By Sonya

Looking for something really special, really fun to do with your girlfriends?  I think we've come up with the perfect getaway:  The Jam and Jelly Lady has teamed up with Silver High B&B to offer a weekend of crazy canning fun in one of Ohio's...

Tips for Canning Salsa

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Thursday August 18, 2011   -   By Sonya

So you've got bushels and baskets of big ripe tomatoes and need to DO something with them before they rot?  Let's SALSA! The number one condiment in the USA is the least understood when it comes to canning, however.  Inspectors at farmers' markets...

It's Salsa Season!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Thursday August 18, 2011   -   By Sonya

Our cannery smells great all the time: blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, pickling spices, peaches, etc.  But to my mind, nothing beats salsa season! The other salsa vendors at our local farmers' markets use diced, canned tomatoes and pre-cut...

Turning a sow's ear into a silk purse

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Friday July 08, 2011   -   By Sonya

Sometimes a mistake can turn out to be a good thing... It's chaotic in our little cannery this time of year, as farmers arrive daily to drop off delicious offerings of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, black raspberries, a plethora of peppers, onions,...

Based on popular demand, we repeat "Canning with L...

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday July 06, 2011   -   By Sonya

Just finished teaching a packed house of canners tonight how to can tomatoes three ways - boy the cannery smells good!  We canned Bruschetta, Italian tomatoes, and Creole Sauce.  While waiting for the pressure canners to finish, I made little garlic...

Canning Classes: Beginner's Boot Camp in July!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Tuesday June 28, 2011   -   By Sonya

Probably the last Boot Camp we'll have for beginner's this summer is scheduled for Sunday, July 10.  Surprisingly, the positions (we only take 10 students) have gone rather quickly.  We have three left at this point.   Why don't we teach...

Rating the Newest Ball Canning Equipment

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Monday June 13, 2011   -   By Sonya

As a place to take canning instruction, we are listed on the Ball website, www.freshpreserving.com under "Happenings" and "Learn to Can."  As such, UPS delivered an unexpected surprise today: a free box of the latest Ball products....

Thanks to our newly christened canning queens!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Monday June 13, 2011   -   By Sonya

Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a fabulous group of ladies who wanted to learn canning from the ground up.  Thanks so much for your enthusiasm, curiosity, creativity, and joy - you really kept me on my toes! Especially Linda Oda, my dear friend...

Zucchini Relish Class - didn't get "blown away!"

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Saturday May 28, 2011   -   By Sonya

  Wednesday evening posed a real problem: tornado watches abounded, yet one of our dear students, Deb, was coming from Zanesville, Ohio (over a 2 hours drive), to dive into relishes with us crazy canners.  But I couldn't get hold of her before she...

Limoncello Class was Delicious!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Thursday May 19, 2011   -   By Sonya

Last night's class was definitely one for the books.  I made a big batch of authentic limoncello base several weeks ago, and it's been infusing in my basement.  Last night my students and I made a simple syrup and finished the limoncello...

Open House: Snappin' Asparagus and Strawberry Jam!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Tuesday May 17, 2011   -   By Sonya

This weekend is typical of summer for us:  really burning the candle at both ends!  First, the West Chester Farmers Market near Cincinnati, Ohio opens. That market always opens with a bang - loads of vendors even though it's still pretty early for...

A Fabulous Boot Camp Class!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Sunday May 15, 2011   -   By Sonya

Just recovering from a very energetic group of Boot Camp canners yesterday!  What great questions, theories, and suggestions they had! We began the class with lecture on mold, botulism, etc., and the importance of actually processing canned...

Getting Ready for Canning Boot Camp this Saturday

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday May 11, 2011   -   By Sonya

Due to some recent surgery, I've been mostly out of the cannery for three weeks.  I've got to teach a beginner's "Boot Camp" this weekend, so I've got to spend some time today dusting, mopping, and generally refamiliarizing myself with my work!...

Getting Ready for Canning Boot Camp this Saturday

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday May 11, 2011   -   By Sonya

Due to some recent surgery, I've been mostly out of the cannery for three weeks.  I've got to teach a beginner's "Boot Camp" this weekend, so I've got to spend some time today dusting, mopping, and generally refamiliarizing myself with my work!...

Busy as bees making Mother's Day Gift Bags!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Friday May 06, 2011   -   By Sonya

Mother's Day - a day of rest for me, or another business day?  I've been busy helping shipping Mother's Day jam across the country (has our first ever shipment to South Dakota this week - got to put a new pin on the map!)  We ordered the cutest felt...

New Canning Classes!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Friday April 29, 2011   -   By Sonya

We have been rapidly filling our Beginner's Boot Camp Canning Classes on our website!  It's great to see so many people with the desire to get back to real cooking and real eating!  The May class is nearly full, and June is already half full.   ...

Making Baby Vidalia Steak Sauce

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Friday April 15, 2011   -   By Sonya

Shutting down the cannery next week due to a much-awaited surgery for my foot.  Can't drive for a month afterward, so it will be very interesting trying to deliver products to our wholesale customers.  Never fear, Jessica is here!  She got her...

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