Sunday, November 1, 2015

4 Syrup recipes: coconut, peach, Nauvoo, maple

Coconut Syrup

Go to http://allrecipes.com/recipe/108969/coconut-pancake-syrup/

Note: I've tried this and it's fabulous! I don't like sharing it at the table. Such a great reminder of home.

Peach Syrup
1 can peaches w juice - place in a pot and mash up.
Mix in the following:
2 T brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Bring these three ingredients to a boil.
Thicken with cornstarch (2 T cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 c cold water).
Take off heat. Serve hot or lukewarm.
Store in refrigerator.
(shared in TB's 42 recipe booklet, p.2)

Note: Very good - we all liked it!


Note: I haven't tried these two below, but imagine they're good:

Nauvoo Syrup
1 c. butter
1 c. buttermilk
2 c. sugar
Mix above ingredients and bring to boil in LARGE pot (syrup will foam up when baking soda is added) for 2 min. Remove from heat.
Add following:
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp maple flavoring (extract)
Mix well and serve. Store in refrigerator
(shared by AD in Favorite Holiday Recipes booklet, 2013, p.19)

Maple Syrup
Homemade syrup can be made as thick as store-bought by replacing 1/2 of the water with corn syrup. You may also add butter flavoring purchased from the store. Both of these will increase the cost.
2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 tsp maple extract
Bring water and sugar to a slow boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat before it comes to a rolling boil (to keep crystals from forming) Add flavoring as it is cooling. Store in refrigerator.

Cost Analysis (24 oz): Homemade - 20c       Mrs. Butterworth's - $3.19

(source: Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy, p. 105)




Processing Pears

After getting a bushel of pears on Friday Oct. 2, I didn't really know how long it would be before they were ready to process. I've worked with peaches a lot, but not pears. Surprisingly to me, I needed to start working on them by Tuesday. I started out by doing what I usually do - the hot bath method in quart sized jars.



Thankfully, I was able to enlist JO's help for a little over an hour. This made it possible to get 20 qts done. It was so nice to have someone to chat with while we did the work - especially at the beginning while I was getting my stride. I also ended up doing some jam.
See http://www.food.com/recipe/orange-pear-jam-71486 for that recipe.

After doing pears from 12:30-4:30, I needed a nap! That's too much work for me. I know people who can for days. For some reason, the pears seemed harder than the peaches. Oh well. I took a break on Wednesday and tackled then them again. At that point, I could refrigerate the ones that were left.
I got the help of some family members on Thursday and today. We used recipes from the 1989 Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook - making Poached Pears yesterday, then Pear Sauce and Pear Crisp tonight. Whew.

Thank goodness that's done.

Note: 11/1 - we've already had one of the jars of Pear Sauce - so good!

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