The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jams, Jellies, and Preserves

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It's easy to concoct scrumptious spreads with this indispensible cookbook, featuring step-by-step tips and directions-and some unique flavors to make top-quality toppings and fillings.

-152 prize-winning recipes for jams, jellies, conserves, marmalades, fruit butters, and chutneys including no-cook varieties, and sugar-free varieties
- Teaches how to prepare, set, and save preserves with the latest in canning equipment, techniques
- Includes ...

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Overview

It's easy to concoct scrumptious spreads with this indispensible cookbook, featuring step-by-step tips and directions-and some unique flavors to make top-quality toppings and fillings.

-152 prize-winning recipes for jams, jellies, conserves, marmalades, fruit butters, and chutneys including no-cook varieties, and sugar-free varieties
- Teaches how to prepare, set, and save preserves with the latest in canning equipment, techniques
- Includes recipes for both traditional single-fruit flavors (Raspberry Currant, Apple Cider) and combinations (Kiwi Mango, Apricot Orange Butter)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028644868
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting Started (Primer on Preserving) 1
1 A Primer on Preserving 3
Food Safety 4
Nutrition 4
Equipment 5
Utensils 6
Where to Find Stuff 7
Preserving with the Best Results 8
2 Facts on Fruit 13
Fruit Information 14
Understanding Fruit's Natural Pectin 17
Part 2 The Recipes 21
3 Fabulous Fruit Jams 23
Pectin Perfection 24
Jammin' Fun 24
Testing, One, Two 25
Tips for Prizewinning Jams 25
Trouble-Shooting Tips and Quick Fixes 26
Apple Berry Jam 28
Brandied Apricot Jam 29
Black Currant Jam 30
Black Currant Apple Jam 31
Black and Red Currant Jam 32
Black Currant Rhubarb Jam 33
Blackberry Jam 34
Blueberry Banana Jam 35
Blueberry Orange Amaretto Jam 36
Boysenberry Jam 37
Bumbleberry Jam 38
Cherry Jam 39
Cherry Apricot Jam 40
Cherry Cran-Raspberry Jam 41
Cherry Pear Jam 42
Cherry Raspberry Jam 43
Cherries Jubilee Jam (Cherry, Red Currant) 44
Five Berry Jam 45
Gooseberry Jam 46
Gooseberry Orange Jam 47
Kiwi Mango Jam 48
Kiwi Pineapple Orange Jam 49
Kiwi Watermelon Jam 50
Spiced Peach Jam 51
Spiced Peach Cranberry Jam 52
Peach Lavender Jam 53
Peach Pear Jam 54
Peach Raspberry Jam 55
Ginger Pear and Lime Jam 56
Ginger Pear Jam with Creme de Cacao 57
Pears and Port Jam 58
Pina Colada Jam (Pineapple, Coconut) 59
Plum Ginger Jam 60
Damson Plum Jam 61
Damson Plum Raspberry Jam 62
Raspberry Jam 63
Raspberry Blackberry Jam 64
Raspberry Blueberry Jam 65
Raspberry Gooseberry Red Currant Jam 66
Raspberry Mango Jam 67
Raspberry Plum Jam 68
Raspberry Red Currant Jam 69
Raspberry Rhubarb Jam 70
Red Currant Orange Jam 71
Red Fruit Jam (Red Currant, Raspberry, Cherry) 72
Rhubarb Orange Ginger Jam 73
Rhubarb Pineapple Jam 74
Saskatoon Berry (Juneberry) Jam 75
Strawberry Gooseberry Jam 76
Strawberry Kiwi Jam 77
Strawberry Lavender Jam 78
Strawberry Margarita Jam 79
Strawberry Pineapple Jam 80
Strawberry Raspberry Jam 81
Strawberry Rhubarb Orange Jam 82
4 Special Jams and Spreads 87
No-Cook Jams 88
No Cooking Required! 88
Lighten Up 89
Tips for Prizewinning Special Jams and Spreads 89
Troubleshooting Tips and Quick Fixes 90
Peach Blueberry No-Cook Jam 92
Strawberry Banana No-Cook Jam 93
Strawberry Maple No-Cook Jam 94
Peach Raspberry Light No-Cook Jam 95
Raspberry Kiwi Light No-Cook Jam 96
Blackberry Apple Spread 97
Tropical Tango Spread (Banana Mango Orange) 98
5 Conserves 103
Let Your Creative Juices Flow 104
Tips for Prizewinning Conserves 104
Test for Doneness 105
Troubleshooting Tips and Quick Fixes 105
Apple Orange Apricot Conserve 107
Apricot Almond Conserve 108
Cherry Raspberry Apple Conserve 109
Fig and Italian Plum Conserve 110
Nectarine Apricot Cherry Conserve 111
Pear Maple Walnut Conserve 112
Caribbean Treasure Conserve (Pineapple, Papaya, Mango) 113
Plum Cranberry Orange Conserve 114
Christmas Plum Conserve 115
Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Pear Conserve 116
6 Mincemeats 121
Tips for Prizewinning Mincemeats 122
Test for Doneness 122
Troubleshooting Tips and Quick Fixes 123
Carrot Apple Mincement 124
Pear and Apple Mincemeat 125
7 Jellies 131
A Word About Pectin 132
Testing, One, Two 132
How to Use a Jelly Bag 132
Tips for Prizewinning Jellies 133
Troubleshooting Tips and Quick Fixes 134
Crabapple Jelly 136
Cran-Raspberry Jelly 137
Elderberry Jelly 138
Concord Grape Jelly 139
Peach Vanilla Jelly 140
Red Currant Jelly 141
Red Currant Raspberry Jelly 142
Red Plum Jelly 143
Rhuberry Jelly 144
8 Savory Jellies 149
Testing, One, Two 150
Tips for Prizewinning Jellies 150
Troubleshooting Tips and Quick Fixes 151
Garlic Jelly 153
Red and Green Pepper Jelly 154
Fire and Ice Jelly (Hot Pepper and Ice Wine Jelly) 155
Cabernet Wine Jelly 156
Spiced Cranberry and Red Wine Jelly 157
Spiced Port Wine Jelly 158
Sangria Jelly 159
Wine and Roses Jelly 160
Strawberry Fields Wine Jelly 162
Purple Basil Wine Jelly 163
Lavender Jelly 164
Lemon Verbena Jelly 165
Mint Jelly 166
Pineapple and Mint Jelly 168
Rosemary Apple Cider Jelly 169
9 Marmalades 173
Testing, One, Two 174
Tips for Prizewinning Marmalades 174
Troubleshooting Tips and Quick Fixes 175
Carrot Orange Marmalade 177
Cranberry Orange Marmalade 178
Lemon Ginger Marmalade 179
Lemon Lime Marmalade 180
Lemon and Mint Marmalade with Calendula Petals 181
Lime Marmalade 182
Seville Orange Marmalade 183
Peach Orange Marmalade 184
Pineapple Citrus Marmalade 185
Three-Fruit Marmalade (Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange) 186
Zucchini Orange Marmalade 187
10 Fruit Butters 191
Tips for Prizewinning Fruit Butters 192
Test for Doneness 192
Troubleshooting Tips and Quick Fixes 193
Spiced Apple Butter 194
Apricot Orange Butter 195
Blueberry Apple Butter 196
Cran-Apple Butter 197
Mango Butter 198
Spiced Pear Butter 199
Plum Good Apple Butter 200
Rhubarb Apple Butter 201
11 Chutneys 205
Tips for Prizewinning Chutneys 206
Test for Doneness 207
Troubleshooting Tips and Quick Fixes 207
Apple Chutney 208
Golden Apple Plum Chutney 209
Apricot Chutney 210
Cran-Apple Sage and Thyme Chutney 211
Date Orange Chutney 212
Green Tomato Apple Chutney 213
Mango Chutney 215
Mango Peach Chutney 217
Peach Plum Chutney 219
Pear Cranberry Chutney 221
Pineapple Chutney 222
Plum Pear Chutney 223
Sweet-Pepper Apple Chutney 224
12 Recipes Using Preserves 229
Cream Tea Scones 230
Stuffed French Toast 232
Easy Coffee Cake 233
Fruit Loaf 234
Empire Cookies 235
Marmalade Pecan Cookies 237
French Apple Tarts 238
Pineapple Tartlets 239
Lime Phyllo Tarts or Pie 240
Phyllo Cups 241
Apricot Ladder Braid 242
Fried Bananas Caribbean 244
Low-Fat Raspberry Mango Frozen Cake 245
Vanilla Jelly Roll 246
Sherry Trifle 248
13 Savories 253
Baked Brie 254
Coconut Shrimp 255
Purple Basil Salad Dressing 256
Peach Barbecue Sauce 257
Caribbean Chicken 258
Garlic Chicken Portobello 259
Appendixes
A Glossary 263
B Resources 267
Index 273
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