Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Organic Farmer!

I went to a local farmer's market today to see what they had. I got a great deal on Red Peppers and then met this amazing farmer and his family.  He is a certified organic farmer from nearby (about an hour away) and is at the farm every week.  He carries all organic vegetable, herbs, teas, spices, and essential oils!!  I am so excited about this!  I can now get my spices, herbs, teas, and essential oils from a local grower!!  I bought lots of items from them to make my new soap scrub bars and my tea bags!  I can't wait to come up with new varieties!

Canning 4 Complexion!!

Tonight I am doing a pear recipe.  I love pears!  I can't have apples at all.  So, I use lots and lots of pears.  I have also planted 2 varieties of 'dwarf' pears this year in my yard (D'anjou and Barlett).  Pears are very good for you as well.  Pears are a nutrient dense food meaning there are more nutrients in them than calories!  They also have more potassium in them than an apple, averaging 208 mg each.  A pear has only 100 calories and averages about 4grams of fiber per pear.  There are at least 14 different nutrients in a pear - which is why they are nutrient dense!!  So, can those pears up!  It will help you far more than you realize!!

Caramel Pear Jam

7 cups diced peeled pears
1 package powdered fruit pectin (Sure Jel)
1 ¼ cup Raw Agave Syrup
1  cups light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ cup Lime Juice

In a Dutch oven combine the pears and agave syrup. Cook and stir over low heat until pears are soft. Stir in pectin and bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. In a boil while you are waiting for the rolling boil, measure the sugars and spices. Add the measured ingredients and return to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Mash or use an immersion blender if there are bits of pear that have not cooked down into the jam. Remove from the heat and ladle hot jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace.  Process for 10 minutes in a water bath at a full boil.

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