Jump to Recipe Print Recipe MAKING THE SAUCE FROM SCRATCH INGREDIENTS 10 lb tomatoes   1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 small) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 cup finely minced, fresh basil 1/8 tsp Citric Acid or 1/2 Tbsp bottled lemon juice per hot jar 3 to 4 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands […]


Jump to Recipe Print Recipe If you don’t know what a Calamondin orange is, it is an orange that is a little larger than a quarter and typically does not exceed one inch in diameter. The rind is thin, easy to peel and reveals an extremely juicy flesh. Calamondin oranges have a lot of flavor […]

Southern Squash Relish – Sweet Southern Blue

If you find yourself with an abundance of squash this year, check out this recipe for canning squash relish. It is some seriously good stuff and so easy to make. INGREDIENTS 4 pounds fresh, firm yellow and/or zucchini summer squash (as purchased) ½ cup diced sweet onion (about 2.4 ounces prepared) 2 cups cider vinegar […]

Making Ketchup from Scratch – Sweet Southern Blue

Let me start by saying that making ketchup takes a lot of tomatoes. I mean A LOT of tomatoes and I only make it when I have tons of tomatoes at the end of the season that I need to use up. Most of my tomatoes go to make salsa and spaghetti sauce. I will […]

GREEN TOMATO SALSA – Sweet Southern Blue

The first frost hit and I lost most of my tomato plants leaving beautiful green tomatoes on the vine. I normally just pickle my green tomatoes but I came across several recipes for Green Tomato Salsa and I decided to give it a try. Everyone was correct, it does taste similar to salsa verde. Basically, […]


One of the coolest peppers I have ever grown is an orange, wrinkled looking thing called a Habanada. I saw the seeds while browsing seeds from Baker Creek and the orange color intrigued me. I read that it was the world’s first heatless habanero so I immediately put the little packet of seeds in my […]

FIG JELLY (For those that don’t like the texture of figs) – Sweet Southern Blue

As I mentioned in my post about fig jams, I don’t like the texture of figs. They have an amazing flavor but they are fuzzy. It is hard for me to eat anything that is covered in fur. If you think you don’t like figs, try cooking them down and just using the juice. You […]

Homemade Fig Jam – Sweet Southern Blue

I’m not a huge fig person. It’s a texture thing. I love the flavor but can’t handle the fuzzy texture in my mouth. I have the same issue with bananas. Just can’t handle the texture. If you are one of those people that do love figs, you should make fig jam. I am not sure […]


  When you have an apple tree in your yard, you end up doing a lot of canning.  This year I have pretty much stuck with applesauce and apple pie filling with the majority being pie filling.  I am not a big fan of apple pies but I do love apples with sauce on my […]


Last year, I purchased a raspberry and blackberry plant.  I also dug up several wild blackberry plants and  planted all of them in a nice neat row.  This year has yielded enough blackberries to make several pints of jelly and some juice to make blackberry lemonade and blackberry cupcakes. I have Blackberry, Vanilla Blackberry, and […]


  It’s not even May and I’m already canning pickles and putting peaches in the freezer.  I have never had cucumbers ready this early in the year but this mild winter has been great for the plants. The first plants I put in the garden was cucumbers and I have been harvesting them for a […]

Making BLUEBERRY JAM | Sweet Southern Blue

I love blueberries and I love making jams and jellies so when I get blueberries, some will go into the freezer and some will be canned. I must confess that though I love making jams, I don’t really eat a lot of it for breakfast.  I do however, use my jams in recipes like muffins […]

Strawberry ~ Banana Jam – Sweet Southern Blue

Here is my strawberry/banana jam.  It’s probably been 20 years since I last made this combo and after tasting it I’m wondering what took so long.  It is soooo delicious.  I just finished this batch and I am sitting here with a piece toast slathered in the still warm jam as I type this.  My […]

Strawberry Jam | Sweet Southern Blue

I ended up with a  lot of strawberries this year (I’m a lucky girl) so I have been making Strawberry Jam and jelly, strawberry/banana jam, strawberry syrup, and canning just the strawberries.   As you can tell by all of the canning recipes this summer, I have been canning A LOT !  That’s ok because […]

Canning Pineapple and Pineapple Jam – Sweet Southern Blue

I love pineapple and usually just freeze it when I end up with more than I can use quickly.  This time I decided to try my hand at canning some of the fruit and also making pineapple jam.  I’m thinking I may use the jam for coconut cake filling.  I have an awesome coconut cake […]

Blackberry Jam | Sweet Southern Blue

When I was growing up, you couldn’t walk but a few feet down a country road and you could fill your bucket with wild blackberries.  Now, I have to hunt for them down country roads, wearing high rubber boots (you know, in case I step on a snake or need to fend off chiggers) while […]

Plum Jelly Recipe (with pectin) | Sweet Southern Blue

I’m so excited.  I finally beat the birds to some of the plums this year.  The plum tree in my yard is very, very old and there are only a few limbs that are still alive and produce fruit.  For the last couple of years the birds have beat me to those red, juicy plums […]

Turk’s Cap Jelly | Sweet Southern Blue

In case you are new to my site, I work at a historic state park in Arkansas where I have many talented co workers.  One of them is Sheila Ballard, the lady that made this awesome Turk’s Cap Jelly.  I have grown Turk’s cap in the past but never knew you could make jelly form […]

Apple Butter Recipe

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe   I stared with a  bowl full of apples I had picked from my apple tree and my friends tree (Thanks Terry) and debated on what I wanted  to do with them.  Make apple pie filling?  Freeze the apples for later use?  Make apple jelly? In the end I decided […]

Carrot Cake Jam Recipe | Sweet Southern Blue

One Hundred Dollars A Month has this awesome recipe for Carrot Cake Jam.  What?  You have never heard of carrot cake jam?  Me either until now.  The recipes seems pretty straight forward with easy to follow instructions.  This definitely is a recipe that I want to try.

Creamsicle Jelly | Sweet Southern Blue

  I just ran across this recipe at Food In Jars and  thought “Creamsicle Jelly, Really?”  Well I’m there.  I love anything creamsicle.  Just the smell alone wins me over. Marisa describes this as an orange jelly flaked with vanilla seeds.  I does not contain any cream but reminded her of the taste of Creamsicles from her childhood.  I guess I […]

Canning Cherries – A Step by Step Guide | Sweet Southern Blue

 ! Frugal Living NW website has a great tutorial on canning sweet cherries.  They give you step by step instructions with easy to follow instructions and pictures.  You can check out the site here.  

Canning Peaches in Light Syrup | Sweet Southern Blue

  I had grand plans this year…I really did.  Every year I eagerly watch my garden grow anticipating the day when i can start canning. This year, for the first time in many years, we had spring rains.  Every one was excited as we watched our gardens grow and grow and then slowly begin to […]

Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce | Sweet Southern Blue

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