Raspberry Curd But Not Whey

~Spending the entire day in a hot kitchen on my feet is not for me! Therefore, when canning it is only on a small scale. None of this all day canning a box full of fruit or vegetables for me. I don’t have the patience especially in this heat. Not to mention it’s just two of us now. Hubs brought home another 6 pack of raspberries from Costco so I decided it was time to try Raspberry Curd. My type of canning can be done in about an hour or less and doesn’t require that huge canner pot that Barb has, an 8 quart pan or soup pot will do. Also, I sterilize using my mom’s tip: Put jars in microwave for 3 minutes. The idea of using my Raspberry Curd on a muffin photo shoot this morning flew out the window when I broke the  1/2 jar of curd. 8-( This recipe makes 2 1/2 jars. I gave one jar to Barb. I’m saving the second jar for the winter when I’ll need hot tea and to eat something slathered in Raspberry Curd. So….

Raspberry Curd

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raspberries, blended with seeds removed
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter – cold and cut into pieces

Instructions:

  • Blend the raspberries and push through sieve to remove seeds. Put into saucepan
  • Briskly whisk the 3 eggs together and add to saucepan. Mix.
  • Add the lemon juice and sugar.  Whisk together well.
  • Stirring constantly, cook on medium heat until mixture starts to boil, usually around 5 – 6 minutes.  Curd should be thick at this stage.
  • Turn off heat and briskly beat in the butter.
  • Pour into small, sterilized canning jars. NOTE: Curl’s wrote a good explanation for sterilizing. Our mom gave the hint to wash jars and place in microwave for 3 minutes. I used this method of sterilization.
  • Place in canner with boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. NOTE: See Curl’s canning pictures and explanation for better details.
  • Take out of canner and place upside down for 5 minutes.
  • Turn right-side up and you should hear the pop of the lids sealing.

Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups. I didn’t can the 1/2 cup, I left it out for us to eat immediately when cooled. YUM!

Chicks and Hens Gone Wild

~Today Q came over to my house, since I had the three youngest grandchildren over. We played trains, Hot Wheels, and the tire swing. After they all left, Q and I walked around my property and talked about new ideas. The strangest thing is this Chicks and Hens succulent. It started out as a normal Chicks and Hens succulent but kept growing more bizarre as time went on. Yes it is flat and wavy. Q and I had never seen anything like it before.

This is my berry patch. I have grapes, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and a whole lot more. They are just starting to get their leaves. My strawberries are in a planter up by the house. We can’t wait until there are berries for dyeing. Just think of all the cool colors we will have. Just like the colors of the Cake Cover that Q made me (from her own pattern.) I love it. It is much prettier in person. We, also, talked about the different types of tree to use for dyeing. We will experiment with the bark from them; black walnut, English walnut, pecan, pepper, and oak.

 

This is one of my lilac tree up in the front of my house. I gets cold enough for them to bloom. The fragrance can be smelled from quite a distance. The other one hasn’t bloomed yet, so I will have more lilacs soon.

The patio is were I do a lot of my flower planting and splitting of plants. There is always flowers and plants in pots that are almost ready to be planted. The flower box always has something new in it each year. This year I put my sweat peas in it. It seems I have got the succulent bug. They remind me of my grandma. She loved growing them and had a green thumb.

So, after a long day of grandchildren and think up new ideas and projects, Q was ready to go. But before she could leave she needed to pick some Navel oranges, Pink Grapefruits, and Minneolas to take home. As we walked around the orchard picking the fruit, the smell was wonderful and very calming. The trees were in bloom and the smell always reminds me of Sunday drives with my parents.  I also picked some lemons.

TaTa for now. Curls