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Fun with crock pots

I made clotted cream!  In my crock pot.  It's yummy and delicious, and while I haven't had it since we went to London in 1994, I'd like to think it's at least as good as the stuff we got on Virgin Atlantic...

So naturally I had to make scones.  :-)

Now I just need to find someone who makes kick-ass jam, as that is the weak point.  The scones are home-made.  The butter is home-made.  The clotted cream is home-made.  The strawberry jam is Smuckers.  Nonetheless, breakfast was decadent.

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golden_meliades
Sep. 6th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
You don't make jam? You do so many labour-intensive, complicated old-timey stuff that I figured jam would be something you'd been making since you were 2 or something. (We make jam, here...got to, since we have a dozen apple trees and lots of raspberry and blueberry bushes and strawberries and a little corn field and a greenhouse full of cucumbers and tomatoes and etc.) Jam seems pretty simple compared to weaving on a loom or making your own egg paint or whatever it was that Andrea once told me you did. :)
kls_eloise
Sep. 7th, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
LOL - your faith in my skills is inspirational, but no, I don't do any canning. That's more of a "cooking" thing, and other than some serious recreational baking, time in the kitchen is something I've only started doing in the last few years. I sort of remember my mom canning when I was Charlotte's age, but not much after that. I think she decided that it was just too hot and annoying to keep up with. I don't know if she ever made jam.

I'll admit that I toy with the idea from time to time, but so far it hasn't struck my fancy.

Making egg tempera paint isn't complicated. Just fussy. :-)
golden_meliades
Sep. 7th, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
Canning is pretty simple. Time consuming because of all the prep, but very simple in making the actual product. We're pretty much farmers, here, so canning is just...well, it's just a basic requirement, at times. Homemade peach jam is just like eating a peach right off the tree...bears nearly no resemblance to the stuff you buy in the grocery store. We made 6 pint jars of it and I swear they all got eaten in a month (mostly by my dad, who denies it, but he was eating it by the spoonful multiple times a day...which he also denies but I SAW HIM.)

The blog Food in Jars is very popular and the blog author has also authored 2 very highly-rated cookbooks (yeah, on canning) and her recipes are really nice, usually slightly improved on the standard. Just Google 'food in jars' and her blog will pop up first.

Or are you just looking for someone to make your jam for you? Or trade with? I'd make you some jam but...um, not very feasible from this distance. :)
golden_meliades
Sep. 7th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
You can find a lot of great canning on Etsy from individual artisans, if that's of interest. Under preserves.

https://www.etsy.com/search/home-and-living/food-and-drink/preserves?q=jam

Edited at 2015-09-07 01:42 pm (UTC)
jtdiii
Sep. 7th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
May I recommend Doves and Figs, a jam company a friend's wife started. They are good......

https://dfkitchen.wordpress.com/
kls_eloise
Sep. 7th, 2015 01:38 am (UTC)
Mmm - lots of interesting things in there!
jtdiii
Sep. 7th, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)
That is Tibor's wife's company.
hugh_mannity
Sep. 7th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
I volunteer to test your clotted cream for authenticity. My gran used to make it. I've not tried since I moved here

Farmers markets can be good sources of jam.
isabeau_lark
Sep. 9th, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
No jam currently, but I've been feeling the itch to do some. I do, however, have apple butter, which I will try to remember to bring with me on October 3.

I have Friday mostly off (calling in for one meeting), so maybe I'll get ambitious.
kebbykate
Sep. 10th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
I've got the jam!
pippagrey
Sep. 19th, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
I still have quite a few jars of jam in my parents' basement (nice and cool) which I made a few years ago. My family has stopped eating peanut butter and jelly, and since I have found that grain in any quantity, even gluten free, tends to give me reflux, we don't really make or buy anything to put it on. My parents don't go through much either. Since I did it right, it's still all lovely and tasty though some of it is a bit syruppy so good for ice cream. If you'd like a few jars, call me or email me (librarygryffon at gmail dot com) and we can figure out how to get them to you. I'm sure mother would love to get a bit more of her basement back.
kebbykate
Oct. 28th, 2015 04:03 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, I happen to know someone who makes kick-ass jam and who lives in your town and whose son just started Kindergarten at the school where I suspect Charlotte goes.
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