December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

Our first icy snow of the season today.   So glad I’m home enjoying the view from a warm cozy spot                                                                                                                                         and don’t have to work 🙂 Winter weather around Washington D.C. is usually beautiful, and always a nightmare to get around town in. Here’s what my view out the windshield looked like this morning as my husband was scraping the ice off. Ahhh, I so love D.C. in the winter………… So let’s look forward to the spring and all the wonderful fresh foods that will be in the stores when it gets warmer.  Right now I feel like hibernating until the thaw. My first priority of the new year is to reduce my sugars to be completely unrefined. Glycemic Index of Sugars and Other Sweeteners: Source: For more information about the…

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Apple Cider Syrup

I found several recipes for this project on line.  Probably the best, but not the one I used today would be at Food In Jars so I’ll leave the canning process up to the post there for all the details but it’s not much more than reducing down the cider and then canning the syrup left over with the water bath method. I used:1 gallon of locally produced Apple Cider (unpreserved)1 tsp. of cloves1 tsp. of allspice1 Tbs. of Cinnamondash of sea saltand you know me………I added in 1 dried red Thai pepper into the pot. Boil for up to 2 hours until the liquid is reduced by 1/2 or more until you get a concentrated liquid.Strain and then pour into jars for canning.  I got 1 quart and about a Pint and a half from my gallon.  When you want a hot cup of cider, you can open a can and add a few Tbs. to hot water and get a nice fresh cup of cider without getting a fresh gallon from the store.  The spiciness was great.  I can imagine it being perfect for a sore throat drink as well.  Great easy project that I would think could…

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