Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself. I'm a big planner, with big aspirations... that sometimes I follow through on, and... sometimes I reserve the right to change my mind. Or, move on to my next obsession. (My husband is nodding right now.) Anyway, my own personal philosophy re: planning versus not is pretty simple: if you want shit (ahem) to happen in your life, make a plan. Better yet, make a list. Am I right?
So, for today's list: I like canning. I haven't done much of it, but what I've done was fun. And delicious. I also like the idea of it, the industriousness of it, and the sturdy, steady, sensibility of a shelf or, hey, a pantry full of edibles. My problem is (probably because our survival doesn't necessarily depend on it) that I sometimes, well, forget to do some canning when that special something is in season.
Well. Time to get organized. How about we make a list. This list is derived mostly from my two current favorite canning books:
:: Canning for a New Generation, Bold Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry / Liana Krissoff -- I love this book for its seasonal organization, sheer volume of recipes (tons), the charming southern perspective on the recipes, and how cool and fun the author--an Athens, GA-based mom, writer and cook--seems. She blogs, too.
:: Well-Preserved, Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods / Eugenia Bone -- This book comes at canning from a distinct Italian perspective, which I love, love, love. There is so much good here, and it's not just canning recipes: it's frozen soup bases, oil-preserved bits of yum, and lots of dishes to make with your stash. Oh, she blogs, too.
The (Ambitious?) Can Plan, 2011
Preserved lemons (hopefully in-law's Meyer lemons)
Meyer lemon & rose marmalade
Grapefruit segments in mint syrup
Strawberry & lavender jam
Spicy carrot pickles
Marinated baby artichokes
Tomatoes: Passata (put through a food mill)
Blackberry [something] -- jam? syrup? suggestions? we'll have BBs for miles again.
Spicy pickled beans
Hot chile jelly
Spiced apple butter
Honey fig jam w/sesameTuna or salmon -- really.