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Old 08-09-2009, 09:46 AM
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:07 AM
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Canning favorites

I used to love canning time, love to smell vinegar, and it was a family function at my great-grandmas. My job was to pack the jars (I was really good at it). I loved pickles the best.

I can't seem to grow a small garden now to save my life. Well the deer, rabbits, birds and other wild animals get lots of fresh veggies we get very few. However, my son and I made homemade peach preserves and loved it. He enjoyed it too. Would like to make strawberry-banana preserves an old friend gave us some, my family LOVED it, but can't find a recipe and bananas are so mushy not sure what proportains would work. Or if you can make just banana preserves (bought some banana butter at a farmers market- but guy wouldn't give out his recipe) I can get overripe bananas cheap. If anyone has these recipes please share them with me.

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Old 08-14-2009, 09:19 AM
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Here is a recipe for bannana butter:

If you like apple butter, try this version using bananas, cherries, and golden raisins. Use as a condiment for chicken and pork or as a spread on toast, breads, and biscuits.
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

  • 3 cups (about 10 medium) mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped small golden raisins
  • 6-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground nutmeg
  • 1 bottle (6 ounces) liquid pectin

Place bananas, lemon juice, cherries, raisins, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Mix well to combine. Bring to a hard boil and stir constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and immediately stir in pectin.

Ladle banana butter into sterilized hot jars and seal.

Yield: about 9 pints

I have not tried it so you can let us know what you think!
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:39 AM
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Thanks so much. But the one this man had didn't have any other fruits or raisens in it. More a plain banana one! My hubby and son are quite picky! LOL!!!
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I am going to do some dill pickles this weekend. I froze green & jalepono peppers this week. I made 6 peach pies and froze them.

Once my tomatoes deside to turn red I will have them up to my elbows. They just aren't turning yet. I will make sause and stewed tomatoes with them.
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