Warning.....you will be requested to answer a thought question...if you don't want to, don't read on =)
What, you may ask, is a preserve? I quote one of my favorite cookbooks, 175 Favorite Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, and Other Soft Spreads by Linda Amendt on page 178. "Preserves are made with large, uniform pieces of fruit or with small whole fruits. The cooked fruit holds its shape, and the fruit pieces are evenly distributed in the jar ans suspended in a soft jelly or very thick syrup. during the cooking process, disolved sugar penetrates the fruit cells, giving the fruit pieces a luminous, semi-transparant appearance.
"The crown jewel of soft spreads, perfect preserves contain brightly colored, translucent fruit with intense flavor....When it comes to elegence, preserves are hard to beat!"
You can faintly see the apricot halves on the bottom right of the jar.
1,Set a portion of the sugar and the fruit aside to stand for a period of time before the preserve is cooked.
2. Slowly heating the fruit and sugar allows the sugar time to completely dissolve, thereby replaced some of the air in the fruit with sugar. Tada - heavy fruit that sinks in the jelly.
3. Let the preserve sit 5 min. after removing from the heat, gently stirring every now and then. The fruit continues to cook a bit and fully absorb the syrup.
Now last week I asked some canning questions, and out of 41 pageviews (Iknow, this is a limited audience blog) only 2 people answered. For you active bloggers out there, am I expecting too much?
That being said, THANK YOU to you who did respond. Danita - I'm thinking about doing a Marinara (Spaghetti Sauce) post sometime. I have 2 recipes I like, and one is quite handy b/c you do NOT have to skin the tomatoes first.
Some people have the ability to encourage others. The 2 "posters" on my last post certainly did! One of them called me and left a message letting me know that I was in her thoughts that day. Little did she know that I was having one of those very bad-no good-horrible days and that message brought tears to my eyes just to know someone cared. We all know with our head on those days that people care, but I'm usually to proud or protective of those around me to let others know how bad it is.
The other person I have not had personal contact with in almost 10 years. We had dinner together when we were out of state. She found my blog, and answered a thought question from earlier this summer with beautiful postcard showing me how they had painted a rock with a verse I had posted while camping with their children. It made my day! What a gift a personal note is.
So here is today's thought question. And YOU are requested to answer....why? Because positive examples encourage others to do the same. Isn't that what we want our world to include? People who are givers and not takers!
When was the last time someone unexpectedly encouraged you?
Thank you for sharing and encouraging.