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Welcome to Shelli's Jelly Jar Home Canning blog!

Custom label available for sale here Welcome to my canning blog! A place where I will be sharing recipes, anecdotes and links to custom canning supplies like sticker labels, recipe binders, aprons, hand towels, gift tags and more from my new niche store on Zazzle.com called The Jelly Jar and where I design specialty items just for the canning enthusiast or cottage kitchen food preservation small businesses.     I hope you will make this a regular stop for your custom canning needs and information!
Recent posts

My Absentee Excuse

 Hey!  Sorry I missed the whole month of March without checking in here... I have a great excuse if you want to hear it.  I got sidetracked from my jelly making by a hunt for the perfect sourdough bread recipe... because without bread you have no need for jelly or jam.   So I am closing in on that perfect bread and should be back to the jelly making real soon!   I am also still adding new designs to my store for those of you who are looking for the perfect canning label, or maybe you need a new apron or a recipe binder?  Visit my store HERE Check out the cool new recipe spiral notebooks I have added recently with more to come!  and don't forget to share my blog with your friends or family who love to can jelly!  Buy it Here

Valentines Day Hot Sweet Strawberry Jam Recipe

Well last year about this time, I posted a red hot valentines jelly recipe for you sweethearts out there. This year I wanted to be different and I found this unusual strawberry jam recipe that features the hot sweet flavor combination of strawberries and chipotle chiles.  I bet you could substitute your favorite hot pepper and get similar results but this one calls for the adobo chipotles.  Serve your sweetie breakfast in bed with this hot sweet treat on their favorite bread for a great start to a Valentines day to remember. Make it now and be ready!  Hot Sweet Strawberry Jam Ingredients    * 6 cups strawberries    * 7 oz can chipotle chiles in adobo (use less for milder flavor * 6.5 cups sugar * 1/4 cup lemon juice   * 1 package powdered pectin   Directions 1. Pulse process the chiles and berries in a food processor  being careful not to over process, you want some pieces of berry 2. Pour the berry mix, lemon juice, and pectin into a large non reactive pot and cook over me

January is Wheat Bread Month, Slap some Easy Homemade Apple Jelly on it!

As if we needed an excuse to eat jelly, January has offered up the perfect reason! Yep, I just found out that January is Wheat Bread Month, all month!  So you know what to do!   Break out the jars of summer goodness you canned and toast up some wheat bread!  Slather that puppy with butter and your favorite flavor of jam or jelly and celebrate the Wheat Bread!  The best part about this news is that each day in January is an excuse to have a new flavor! lol... What's that you say?  you don't have any jelly canned up?   Well here is your home remedy!  An easy apple jelly recipe to make so that you won't have to eat plain wheat bread this month. 😜    Easy Two Ingredient Apple Jelly Ingredients 4–6 cups apple juice (about 6 pounds of apples) 3 cups honey or 4–6 cups of sugar Instructions Juice your apples: Wash apples and remove the stems, any damaged areas and blossom ends.  Cut into quarters or slices with peels on.  (you need the peels for the pectin) Place apples in a

What I am canning in December: Deer Stew!

December is always a super busy time for me being married to a successful hunter in deer season, but I didn't want to let the month go by without a post.  I process all the meat myself whether grinding or canning and that leaves precious little time for jelly making. So no jelly recipe this time, only a couple of photos of my big canning project that has become a Christmas tradition.   Last week I canned deer chili and today I canned venison stew.  It is a snowy day here in Oklahoma so actually perfect weather for canning day!  Anyway I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and I will post again  with new jelly and jam recipes in the new year.   Yummy Deer Stew!  The view out my back door Buy this lable HERE

Gift Giving Guide for Home Canners.

Christmas is right around the corner and with that in mind I wanted to help you with your gift giving ideas for the home canning enthusiast in your life!  Check out some of the cool gifts to choose from at my shop The Jelly Jar.   Many of the cool products you see below can be personalized at no extra charge to you so that your gift will stand out and be cherished for years. Happy shopping!      Cool Aprons Choose your favorite and customize it HERE    Cool kitchen accessories Choose your favorite and customize it HERE

A Christmas Marmalade Recipe for you to make now!

I know this is pumpkin spice and cranberry season, but since you'll probably be drinking pumpkin spice coffee, tea and cocoa and eating pumpkin pie, cranberry flavored ice cream, pumpkin cake and cranberry muffins... do you really want pumpkin jam or cranberry jelly on your toast or biscuits too? Yeah, me either!  What I was thinking was is that now would be a great time to can up small jars of preserves to give as gifts for Christmas this year.  So I searched out this Christmas Marmalade recipe that really sounds colorful and tasty.  It calls for candied cherries (maraschinos) which add a beautiful red speckled touch.  You could substitute half of the red cherries for the green colored ones to make it even more festive!  Think how lovely these little jars will look with the lids wrapped with pretty paper and ribbon and how special this tasty gift will be for those you give to knowing that it is homemade with love by you!    So what are you waiting for?  Have some fun, save money o

More Home Canning Myths Busted!

With the long history of preserving food in jars, it was inevitable that many of the methods and practices would change over the years as new knowledge came to light and better supplies became available. But, with the trend of returning to the old ways that many homesteaders and preppers have adopted, unfortunately some of the gains in safety made in recent times have been rolled back.  I don't want you to get me wrong. I am all for getting back to the lost ways of the past when life was simpler and people were more self reliant. But, when it comes to canning safety and avoiding food borne illness, the old ways are not always the best ways.  Take for instance the return to the practice of inversion canning to seal jars. I addressed this in detail in another post, here and the reasons why this is not a safe practice no matter what your Grandma said.  Another old practice I have seen some new canning enthusiasts make reference to is using flour or cornstarch to thicken a recipe befo