This recipe is from Marisa McClellan's Food in Jars cookbook. Thankfully, she's posted the recipe on her Food in Jars blog. When I made this last year, I didn't cook it long enough. It's always hard to tell when making something for the first time. Since I'd been canning for days on end at that point, I think my patience had worn thin. This year, I started it and let it simmer for about 2-1/2 hours while I chopped and cooked down some tomatillos for salsa verde. The salsa verde was actually ready for processing before the jam. I'm still expecting 40 pounds of tomatoes from our farmers (any day now), and so I have a plan to make more tomato jam. Having experienced the long cold winter without it, I don't want to run out again.
This morning I was considering what to make for breakfast, and I remembered the jam. (Yes, mind like a steel trap.) It's was nothing fancy, but its only purpose was to be a vehicle for the jam. I just toasted an English muffin, slathered on the jam, and made some egg scramble with diced ham and cheese. Yum, yum, yum. Breakfast of champions...if you're a quilter, anyway. Don't look at me to be running any marathons.
Oh yes, and I can't depart from this topic without showing you the four pints of salsa verde. This is another of Marissa McClellan's recipes. Again, someone posted it online, so I can share it. You can find the recipe right here.
I'll tell you that I've made this salsa three or four times now, trying to get the cooking time right. The recipe tells you to simmer it for 10 minutes, but my experience has shown me that isn't nearly long enough and produces a rather watery salsa. Since I like it thicker than that, I cooked it long and slow yesterday...over an hour. I noticed that after about 10 minutes, the salsa appears to be ready. Cook it longer, and more liquid develops in the pot. If you were to stop at that 10 minute mark, fill your jars and then process them, all that extra liquid accumulates in the jar. It really needs to cook a lot longer. Believe me, your patience will be rewarded.
So all of that cooking and stirring pretty much used up the day. I stitched about ten stitches on Block 18 of the Bee-utiful quilt, and then picked it up this morning to do a little more.
This has been a fun little summertime diversion, but when this block is finished, I'm going to put it aside and take it in the regular rotation with my other embroidery and hand-quilting projects. Since I have plenty of quilts in my to-be-quilted pile, I'm in no hurry to finish this one off.
As for today, I'm going to make sure I get some sewing time in. It's a CSA pick-up day, and I have some housework to do, but sewing will take first priority. Sometimes you just have to put your sewing foot down. Pedal to the metal, as they say.