Saturday, August 10, 2013

Recipe For Easy Rhubarb Jam Using Honey Instead of Sugar

 This is a very easy jam recipe, and quite delicious!

Rhubarb Jam

3 quarts of rhubarb, cut into apx 1/2” pieces
3 cups honey (or more to taste)
3 T orange peel

Combine ingredients in a large bowl, mix well and let sit at room temperature for about 3 hours.

Transfer into a large kettle and bring to a medium boil, reduce heat to a slow boil and cook until thick, stirring often. Mixture will thicken in about 2 hours.

To can, ladle hot jam into sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Store any extra jam in the refrigerator.

Makes about 5 pints.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Starting Rosemary Plants

I read an article a few years ago about taking cuttings from a rosemary plant to start new plants. It's one of those things that has been on my "to do" list, which is crazy because it is so simple I should have done it the moment I read the article.

All you have to do, according to the article, is fill a pot with good soil, snip a cutting from your rosemary plant and stick it in the soil. Water well and often.

I did these three cuttings about a month ago. The first few days I left the plants in the shade so that the soil wouldn't dry out too much between waterings. Then I set them in partial sun, where they have been ever since. 

The article said that after a month or so give the cutting a little tug to see if it is taking root. All three of these are. I water them almost every day since the pots are so small and they do dry out quickly.

Rosemary is one of those plants that I have a hard time keeping alive during the winter, so that will be the real test for these plants.