I was just reviewing all that I canned this year to see what I might like to use for Christmas or hostess gifts this holiday season. I was surprised to see how low I am already on strawberry jam. Technically, it's not even winter yet and I am almost out. Last June, I made 15 pints of Natural Strawberry Jam. It gets eaten every day around here - next year I need to remember to make more. I also made salsa and a couple kind of ketchups, brined dill pickles, fresh dill pickles, and pickled green beans. I made lots of liqueurs...strawberry, blueberry, cherry, raspberry. But it is nearing winter in Michigan and there's not much local food to put up. What would be some good things to can for the holidays?
I still have some Major Grey's Chutney left from last April - mangoes come into season in winter and it is the best time to can this chutney. Another great food preservation project for winter is to make your own vinegar. I bought some Michigan blueberry, cherry and raspberry wine from the Leleenau that I think will make some great vinegars. I better get them going today. Here are some recipes I might try for winter canning. These would make great Christmas or hostess gifts:
Champagne Grape Jelly
Pickled Garlic, Shallots and Pearl Onions