Apple Butter THM-E

Fall has arrived and the lovely aroma of cinnamon fills the air as apples and pumpkins are turned into delicious fall treats. Years ago, making Apple Butter was an all day affair, as it was made in large copper kettles over an open wood fire. It had to be stirred continually with large wooden paddles so it wouldn’t scorch.  The Apple Butter was slowly cooked until the point where the sugar caramelized giving it a dark rich color and great flavor.  Today, crock-pots have replaced the copper kettle and the sweet cinnamon aroma fills our kitchen.

Apple Butter THM-E

Place apples and water into a a kettle over medium heat.  Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. In a crock-pot, add cooked apples, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and sweetener. Put lid on–keeping it tilted so steam can escape. Cook on high for 6-8 hours. The time may vary depending on how juicy you apples were. Fill 8 ounce jars with hot apple butter. Add lids and rings. Place  jars in a hot water bath canner. Cover jars completely with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove jars from canner and allow to cool. 4 pints

*I used a mix of Gala, Granny Smith, and Fuji Apples.

*adjust the sweetener as needed.

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Apple Butter THM-E

Course Side Dish
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 24 cups peeled and diced apples I used Granny Smith, Gala, and Fuji
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup THM Gentle Sweet or Brown Sugar Sweetener Substitute

Instructions

  1. Place apples and water into a a kettle over medium heat.  Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. In a crock-pot, add cooked apples, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and sweetener. Put lid on--keeping it tilted so steam can escape. Cook on high for 6-8 hours. The time may vary depending on how juicy you apples were. Fill 8 ounce jars with hot apple butter. Add lids and rings. Place  jars in a hot water bath canner. Cover jars completely with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove jars from canner and allow to cool.  4 pints

You will find many more recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

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French Onion Soup THM-FP (to can or freeze)

Canning and preserving food is in full swing these hot summer days. Preserving food for use in the winter months is so rewarding.  Canned soups make a quick tasty meal and best of all you know exactly what is in it because you made it. I used bone broth that I made from beef bones to can this soup which is an added bonus in nutrients.

French Onion Soup

  • 12 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons Brown Sugar Sweetener Substitute 
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 quarts fat-free beef broth
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar

Melt butter in a large kettle. Add onions and Brown Sugar Sweetener. Cook over medium-low heat until onions are caramelized. Divide onions between 7 quarts jars. Heat broth, salt, garlic, and red wine vinegar together until boiling. Divide between the jars adding additional water if needed to fill jars with a 1 inch head space. Add lids and rings. Pressure can at 10 psi for 30 minutes. 7 quarts.

THM Gentle Sweet can be used in place of Brown Sugar Sweetener Substitute.

Caramelizing onions and the soup in jars ready for the pressure canner.

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French Onion Soup THM-FP

Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 12 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons Brown Sugar Sweetener Substitute
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 4 quarts fat-free beef broth
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large kettle. Add onions and sweet mix. Cook over medium low heat until onions are caramelized. Divide onions between 7 quarts jars. Heat broth, salt, garlic, and red wine vinegar together until boiling. Divide between the jars adding additional water if needed to fill jars with a 1 inch head space. Add lids and rings. Pressure can at 10 psi for 30 minutes. 7 quarts.

  2. This can also be frozen in pint/quart freezer containers.

You will find many more canning/preserving recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

 

Canned Barbecued Onions THM-FP

Barbecued onions add a delightful touch to hamburgers, hot dogs, and cheese steaks. My favorite onion to use is this recipe is Vidalia. They are so sweet and  tasty. This post does contain affiliate links with the products I love to use. I receive a small commission but your price does not change.

Barbecued Onions

Combine spaghetti sauce, ketchup, spices, oil, vinegar and Sweet Mix. Bring to a boil and add onions. Simmer 10 minutes, ladle into jars, add lids and rings. Place in boiling water bath canner and process 10 minutes. 10 pints.

*You can use 20 cups of these 3 veggies…mushrooms, onions and green peppers in place of all onions.

*Delicious on Cheese steaks, hot-dogs or hamburgers.

Barbecue onions on a turkey burger over lettuce.

This is my favorite chopper when I am canning. The children can help use it since the knives are covered by the lid.

Simmering the onions in the barbecue sauce.

Ladling the barbecued onions into pint jars.

This recipe is not FDA approved but has been used for many years with great success. Pressure Canning is not necessary with this recipe because of the amount of vinegar in it. 

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Barbecued Onions THM-FP

Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 1 quart spaghetti sauce sugar-free
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar Sweet Mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 20 cups chopped Vidalia Onions

Instructions

  1. Combine spaghetti sauce, ketchup, spices, oil, vinegar and Sweet Mix. Bring to a boil and add onions. Simmer 10 minutes, ladle into jars, add lids and rings. Place in boiling water bath canner and process 10 minutes. 10 pints.

  2. *You can use 20 cups of these 3 veggies...mushrooms, onions and green peppers in place of all onions.
  3. *Delicious on Cheese steaks, hot-dogs or hamburgers.

You will find many more canning and preserving recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

 

Peach/Pineapple Jam THM-E

Sweet juicy peaches picked off the trees in our orchard tell us that August has arrived. There are many different varieties to choose from. My favorites for jam are Red Haven, Contender, and Sun High. This post does contain affiliate links with the products I love to use. I receive a small commission but your price does not change.

Peach/Pineapple Jam THM-E

Blend peaches and pineapples together until fairly smooth. Pour into a kettle. Add erythitol and cook for 10 minutes. Soften Gelatin in water. Add jello and softened gelatin to peach mixture. Cook 1 minute longer. Ladle into containers and cool. Freeze. 4 pints.

*I ladle the jam into pint jars; add lids and rings. Seal. I store the jars of jam in the fridge so they stay sealed.

**This recipe can also be made with 8 cups blended peaches and omitting the pineapple.

**If you do not want to use sugar-free Jello you can replace it with 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin, 3 tablespoons xylitol, and 1/4 teaspoon orange flavoring.

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Peach/Pineapple Jam THM-E

Author Glenda Glenda

Ingredients

  • 6 cups pureed peaches
  • 1 20 ounce can pineapples, on their own juice
  • 1 1/2 cups erythritol
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup orange xylitol jello

Instructions

  1. Blend peaches and pineapples together until fairly smooth. Pour into a kettle. Add erythitol and cook for 10 minutes. Soften Gelatin in water. Add jello and softened gelatin to peach mixture. Cook 1 minute longer. Ladle into containers and cool. Freeze. 4 pints.

  2. *I ladle the jam into pint jars; add lids and rings. Seal. I store the jars of jam in the fridge so they stay sealed.
  3. **This recipe can also be made with 8 cups blended peaches and omitting the pineapple.

  4. **If you do not want to use sugar-free Jello you can replace it with 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin, 3 tablespoons xylitol, and 1/4 teaspoon orange flavoring.

You will find many more canning/freezing recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

 

Zucchini Chow Chow THM-FP

Along with warm summer days comes an over-abundance of zucchini! This recipe transforms that over-abundance  into a sweet and sour chow chow. Chow Chow is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of taking the last of the garden harvest and pickling it for a delicious condiment/salad to flavor meals all winter long. This post does contain affiliate links with the products I love to use. I receive a small commission but your price does not change.

Zucchini Chow Chow

  • 4 quarts diced zucchini
  • 6 cups pearl onions
  • 4 large red peppers, cut in chunks
  • 2 cups baby carrots, cut in thirds
  • 4 cups celery, diced
  • ¼ cup salt

Brine;

Place diced zucchini is a dish pan, sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water for 3 hours. Drain well. Combine brine ingredients in a large kettle and bring to a boil. Add carrots. Cook 3 minutes. Add zucchini, onions, celery and peppers. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Ladle into jars. Add rings and lids. Place jars into a canner of hot water. The water should be 1 inch above jars. Bring to a  boil, reduce heat and boil for 5 minutes. Remove jars and allow to cool. 14 pints

*I try to only eat 1 or 2 carrot pieces per serving to keep it as a FP.

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Zucchini Chow Chow

Course Salad
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts diced zucchini
  • 6 cups pearl onions,
  • 4 large red peppers, cut in chunks
  • 2 cups baby carrots, cut in thirds
  • 4 cups diced celery
  • 1/4 cup salt

Brine:

  • 1 1/2 cups THm Gentle Sweet
  • 4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ` celery seed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions

  1. Place diced zucchini is a dish pan, sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water for 3 hours. Drain well. Combine brine ingredients in a large kettle and bring to a boil. Add carrots. Cook 3 minutes. Add zucchini, onions, celery and peppers. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Ladle into jars. Add rings and lids. Place jars into a canner of hot water. The water should be 1 inch above jars. Bring to a  boil, reduce heat and boil for 5 minutes. Remove jars and allow to cool. 14 pints

You will find many more canning/preserving recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

 

 

Candied Jalapenos (Cowboy Candy) THM-FP

Are you wondering what to do with the multitude of peppers your garden is producing? Here is a delicious spicy way to preserve jalapenos to eat all year long. These Candied Jalapenos give a sweet spicy bite to sandwiches, pizza, eggs, and much more and best of all they are sugar free! This post does contain affiliate links with the products I love to use. I receive a small commission but your price does not change.

Candied Jalapenos — Cowboy Candy

In a kettle, boil vinegar, Gentle Sweet, water, and spices together. Add Jalapenos and return to a boil. With a slotted spoon, ladle the jalapenos into the jars, packing in slightly. Add juice leaving a 1/2 inch head-space.  Adjust lids and rings.  Place jars in a hot water bath canner. Water level should be 2 inches above jars. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Remove jars from canner to  cooling rack. Cool completely. Store in a cool place. 10 1-cup jars.

*When slicing jalapenos, gloves should be worn to prevent hands from burning. If you desire less heat, swish the pepper slices in water not remove some of the seeds.

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Candied Jalapenos (Cowboy Candy) THM-FP

Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 4 or 8 ounce canning jars
  • 10 cups sliced jalapenos
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teasoon celery salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Instructions

  1.  In a kettle, boil vinegar, Gentle Sweet, water, and spices together. Add Jalapenos and return to a boil. With a slotted spoon, ladle the jalapenos into the jars, packing in slightly. Add juice leaving a 1/2 inch head space. Adjust lids and rings. Place jars in a hot water bath canner. Water level should be 2 inches above jars. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Remove jars from canner to  cooling rack. Cool completely. Store in a cool place. 10 1-cup jars.

  2. *When slicing jalapenos, gloves should be worn to prevent hands from burning. If you desire less heat, swish the pepper slices in water not remove some of the seeds.

You will find many more canning/preserving recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

Triple Berry Jam THM–FP

Summer is coming and with it comes delicious berries of all kinds ripening in our garden and orchard. Triple Berry Jam has become my favorite. I will eat it over ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese , and I must admit even right from the jar for dessert.

This post does contain affiliate links with the products I love to use. I receive a small commission but your price does not change.Triple Berry Jam

Combine 1 cup black raspberry juice, red raspberries and strawberries in medium-size kettle. Soften unflavored gelatin in remaining ½ cup raspberry juice. Bring fruit mixture to a boil. Whisk in xylitol and Gentle Sweet. Add softened gelatin and strawberry jell-o. Whisk until well combined. Bring to a boil. Ladle into jars, add lids and rings. Cool. 4-5 pints jam.

I  store the jam in my extra refrigerator for up to a year. This jam will need to be refrigerated to set up properly with gelatin. You may adjust the gelatin for a thicker or thinner jam. I prefer my jam thick and my recipe will reflect that. You can also freeze this jam.

*I will steam my black raspberries with a Juice Steamer lined with cheesecloth. I then freeze or can the juice in the amount needed for this jam recipe.

**For Strawberry Jam use 8 1/2 cups blended strawberries instead of the 3 kinds of berries listed.

Strawberry Xylitol Jello can be purchased from this company or many bulk food stores  carry it. If you do not want to use xylitol jello, you can replace the jello with an additional 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin and 3 tablespoon Xylitol free Gentle Sweet.

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Triple Berry Jam THM FP

4 1/2 pints

Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups black raspberry juice
  • 3 cups pureed red raspberries
  • 4 cups pureed strawberries**
  • 1 cup xylitol
  • 1 1/4 cups THM Gentle Sweet
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup strawberry xylitol jello

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 cup black raspberry juice, red raspberries and strawberries in medium-size kettle. Soften unflavored gelatin in remaining ½ cup raspberry juice. Bring fruit mixture to a boil. Whisk in xylitol and Gentle Sweet. Add softened gelatin and strawberry jell-o. Whisk until well combined. Bring to a boil. Ladle into jars, add lids and rings. Cool. 4-5 pints jam.


  2. I store the jam in my extra refrigerator for up to a year. This jam will need to be refrigerated to set up properly with gelatin. You may adjust the gelatin for a thicker or thinner jam. I prefer my jam thick and my recipe will reflect that.
  3. **For Strawberry Jam use 8 1/2 cups blended strawberries instead of the 3 kinds of berries listed.

You can find many more jam/jelly recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook. Buy It Now.

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