Friday, August 30, 2013

Freezing Raw Corn and Canning Peaches with Honey (Recipes)

I was being lazy not including recipes in my last post and some of you called me on it (in a very nice way), emailing for the details.  So, here you go!

Freezing Raw Corn

Husk, brush and rinse corn cobs in clean water.  Cut raw corn off the cobs.  In a very large bowl, mix...

16 cups of raw corn kernels
1-2 cups sugar (depending on your love of sweet)
4 tsp. salt
1 cup crushed ice (we sent cubes through our blender)

Fill freezer bags with the corn mixture and freeze!



Canning Peaches with Honey (as the sweetener)
A week after my first try of this recipe, the color of both the white and yellow peaches are still true. The level of sweetness is so close to my experience using light sugar syrup that I'm not sure I could tell the difference if I did a taste test.  And, I didn't taste the honey flavor at all.

peaches, peeled, quartered and pitted
honey (3/4 cup per 10 quarts peaches packed)
water
lemon juice

To make the honey syrup, combine 8 cups of water with 3/4 cup honey in a large saucepan or tea pot.  Stir while bringing it to a simmer to dissolve the honey. This amount of syrup was enough for about 10 quarts of peaches. Keep it simmering.  Pack the prepared peaches tightly into quart jars keeping them from filling into the tread section of the jar neck.  Pour 1 tsp. of lemon juice in each jar of peaches to prevent browning. Pour honey syrup over peaches, allowing 1 inch of headspace at the top.  Lid, ring and process for 30 minutes.  For more thorough canning instructions, see my Canning Prep and Method page.

white and yellow peaches canned with honey- 1 week old (color still preserved)
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12 comments:

  1. Beautiful! How do you keep them from floating? Most of mine floated to the top...maybe I didn't pack them tight enough. Makes the jars look only half full. Thank you for the quick comment on my rusty jar issue...I'll just save those to freeze in. My husband scored big time getting jars at yard sales this year. In addition to the box (about two dozen jars, (4 of which are rusty) he also got four cases of brand spankin' new pint jars, complete with lids/rings for $ll.00 total. And they're Kerr widemouth...my favorite! I'm a happy girl! Thank's again! Jan

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    1. I do pack 'em as tight as can be...maybe they're so tight they can't float up into the top? I'm not sure, but keep trying!:-)

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  2. I'll be canning peaches this year, since that's my husband's favorite fruit.

    By the way, I can't get the pictures from your "chicken tractor" post to show up. I wanted to show my husband what to build for the hen and chicks that we just inherited. I know you're insanely busy this time of year, but if you get a chance, could you post a picture or two?

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    1. Try opening the post in a different browser. I'm sorry it's not loading- the pics are still there (I checked). Those photos are on an external drive somewhere.... If you can't, email me and I'll try to find one for you:-).

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    2. Or, this one is quite similar to ours...http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/building-mothers-mini-coop.aspx#axzz2dUHgfqVh

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    3. Silly me. Another browser worked fine. I wonder what chrome has against that one post.

      I see that your handle and wheel placement is different than the one shown in mother earth news. Is there a reason your wheels are where they are? Sorry for these random chicken questions. We've never had a hen with chicks before and I'm not sure what to do with her, but we need to figure it out quick because the pet carrier we have them in is a bit tight.

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    4. Jamey copied the design of a friend's. I don't think this particular design is better than anyone else's. It works fine. I would trust Mother Earth News, too, though. It looks like it's up to you!:-)

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  3. I canned peaches in a similar honey syrup last year and they turned out really yummy! So I'll do that again. We used the extra juice from each jar in smoothies.

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  4. I froze corn today and made an estimate as to what "some" sugar and salt meant! :) I think I way underestimated on the sugar. Oh well I will know for next time! Thanks for all of your tips! We are getting ready to can pears!

    Judi :)

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  5. Why the ice in your corn. How is your blueberries doing?

    Thanks
    Sue

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    1. I explain that in my previous post (http://www.thyhandhathprovided.com/2013/08/before-its-september.html)- the cold helps slow the enzymes that turn the sugar in the corn into starch until you can get the bagged corn into the freezer.

      As far as our blueberry bushes- they're all still alive:-). Altogether, they gave us a couple pints of blueberries this first year but they're finished now. We're hoping that next year will be more yielding!:-)

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