Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Canning a Preserve/ Jam/Jelly

Cans of different sizes with their lids are available in the market. If you buy these jars once , it can be used over and over. But you have to change the lids every time for good results. Extra lids are also available in most of the stores that sells food items.
Even though there are a lot of canning methods are there, this is the one I follow.

Method of Canning
  1. Wash the cans and the lids in warm water. Put all these in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring it to a boil and let it boil for 5-10 minutes. 
  2. Take the cans and the lids out and while hot fill them with Preserves or Jams or Jellies leaving 1 inch space on the top of the can. 
  3. With a damp paper towel, wipe off the excess from rim and the outer sides of the can. 
  4. Put the lids on and tighten it. 
  5. Place these cans back in the boiling water, close the boiling water with a lid and let it boil for 10 minutes. 
  6. Switch off the flame and let it stand in the water for 5 minutes. 
  7. Take the cans out of the water and check whether they are sealed by pressing the top of the lid. If the lid is tight, it is sealed. If you can feel the lid going down, then it is not sealed. Mostly it will seal with a ‘thud’ noise within minutes. If not boil it till it is sealed.
  8. Once cooled, store these in a cool dry place like a cupboard. Open when necessary and once opened it is better to store the rest in the refrigerator.



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