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My friends and I went to the St. Paul Farmer’s Market this past weekend and I picked up some rhubarb among other fun things!  I have been wanting to make some jam, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to play around with a recipe and see what I come up with.  Here is a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb jam with some blueberries (because I had a half pint sitting in the fridge so I thought why not!)

You will need:

1 bunch of rhubarb

1 quart of strawberries

1 cup of sugar

and the zest and juice of 1 lemon

Chop the rhubarb and strawberries into decent sized chunks.  No need to dice or make perfect cuts.

Put all of the chopped pieces into a nice heavy pot.

Next, you want to zest your lemon into the pot.  Make sure to only use the zest and not scrape any of the white stuff (or pith) into your jam.  It’s really bitter and unpleasant!

Then juice your lemon.  I like to hold the lemon up and juice through my fingers incase any seeds pop out.  If you don’t have lemon you could always add 2 tbsp of lemonade or water.  I like the tart lemon flavor with my jam so that it’s not too sweet.

Next, add your 1 cup of sugar.

Now set your stovetop to medium/medium high heat and stir everything around so that all the ingredients are mixed together.

You want to keep stirring, letting the sugar draw out all the juices.  This jam recipe doesn’t require any thickening agents, instead it relies on the natural pectin found in fruits that will make it jell up nicely.  It will just take some time.

It’s hard to see in this picture but, you will want to bring this up to a boil/bubble and keep cooking it and stirring it for about a half an hour.  If you have a candy thermometer, you can temp it to 220 degrees.  Then, turn off the burner and let it sit for 3 hours.  This is when some serious jelling will happen!  Then just jar it up.

This recipe makes about 24 oz of jam.  I didn’t can it using a traditional canning method, so the shelf life (refrigerated) is about 2 weeks.  It won’t last that long in this house, and I gave some to friends.  Eventually, when I make bigger batches I’ll do some more real canning.

What are some of your favorite homemade jams?  Do you know any good homemade bread recipes that I could try out with this??


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I don’t know about you, but I think that unexpected presents are the BEST kind of presents!  Coming up this Monday the 24th is our 4 year wedding anniversary!  T surprised me with this vintage cake carrier from a shop in Chicago called Jazze Junque.  I would never think to buy something like this for myself but it would be something that I would look at and swoon over when I saw it.  I always think of different things that I should be spending money on, so it was a very pleasant surprise to get this!  I love it!  I’ve been thinking of all sorts of things that I can bake just so that I can bring my treats places (or just store at home!)  This also got me thinking of other great vintage pieces in baking, so here are some of my favorites I found in my search.  I can’t wait to bake something!  Do you have any really great recipes from your grandmother or mother (or grandfather or father for that matter) that you would like to share?  I feel like something home-y and traditional needs to go under that gorgeous lid!

Vintage Ateco Cake Decorating Set
a vintage cake decorating set from Oldie But Goodie
Vintage Retro Bell Jar
bell jar from the paraders
1966 Betty Crocker Cake and Frosting Mix Cookbook, 1st Ed., 4th Printing
cookbook chock full of ideas and recipes from Victorian Spice
Vintage Plastic Measuring Spoons Set
measuring spoons from Red Eye Vintage
VINTAGE Swan's Down Cake Flour Cake Pan Advertising Prim Rustic MAKES BETTER CAKES
fabulous cake pan from dusty lorraine
Mix and Pour Vintage White Batter Bowl by Federal
I have to have this batter bowl from Jen’s Closet
Happy Baking Everyone!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about baking things lately.  My friend X is having a birthday party this weekend and it’s prompted me to bake up some things for the partaaaay!  It’s also been terribly grey here the past few days and looking at baked goods and their bake ware always makes me smile. Here is a collection of recipes and pictures of all things baking that I am loving right now!

Floral Baking Cups/Cupcake Liners (Qty 50)
100 Yards of Stringy Things - RED-BROWN-GREEN-BLUE

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