tag: canning

blueberry basil jam from master food preserver stephanie lee

hey friends! food preservation is something very near and dear to my heart. to me, it’s where homesteading really takes it’s roots. canning and preserving the food that we’ve grown is sustainable, delicious and so incredibly rewarding! so today, i’m thrilled to introduce you to the amazing stephanie lee: a master food preserver, amazing artist, inspirational retreat leader, homesteader and all around creative! i’ve personally been privileged enough to receive several of stephanie’s homemade jams and jellies and let me tell you, they are to die for!

from stephanie: jam on toast is hard to beat but this blueberry basil jam has a secret alter ego: mixed with a bit of balsamic vinegar, it makes a wicked good salad dressing or marinade. like wow.

blueberry basil jam


- 3 cups blueberries (frozen and thawed or fresh)
– 3/4 cup honey (adjust as needed according to the tartness of your berries)
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled. i like fresh.)
– 1 teaspoon lemon zest
– ¼ cup minced basil leaves


1. place the blueberries in a medium sized sauce pan. warm them up for a minute or two and then crush them with the back of a fork or a potato masher.

2. add the honey, lemon juice, basil, and lemon zest, then bring to a boil over medium-high heat. stir frequently while the mixture boils for 15-20 minutes and it starts to thicken.

3. ladle the jam into a sterilized jar. (see preserving high acid foods for instructions).

4. store tightly covered in the fridge for a couple of weeks or you can use canning methods to store in a pantry for longer storage.

 blueberry basil jam from master food preserver stephanie lee (2)

last week, the roost tribe also had the privilege of meeting stephanie through this roost tribe exclusive e-book: food preserving. though i’ve shared one of the recipes with you here today, this e-book is bursting with more delicious tips on food preservation and is incredibly inspirational to read. as she focuses on small batch canning, you’ll leave feeling empowered and confident to preserve your own food!

join the roost tribe before august 1st to grab your own copy, and fall in love with the world of food preservation!

blueberry basil jam from master food preserver stephanie lee (1) about stephanie lee:

Howdy. I’m Stephanie Lee. I am a professional artist, workshop instructor, and creativity encourager. I know that creativity shows up with more color variations than a Rubik’s Cube and my job (and joy) is to help you find yours.

I thrive on digging for truth, dancing in the answers, and making art that embodies all of that. I bring all that I am – homesteader, food preserver, speaker, wife & mom, loyal friend, and master mess-maker to the classrooms where I teach, both brick + mortar and virtual. I take the lead long and strong enough to give you what you need to take off and run on your own bringing all that you are to your own beautifully creative life.

find stephanie elsewhere: blog | etsy | retreat | online workshop

books: semiprecious salvage – an adventure in making found object jewelry & plaster studio

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a pickling party

September 4, 2012

Posted by in simple living

a pickling party

after reading this bon appétit article on the preservation society, i’ve decided that i’m simply smitten with the idea of having a pickling party!

my party would look like friends gathering ’round for a homegrown meal, everyone helping to preserve the season’s harvest and then taking loads of freshly preserved goodies home with them. would you be interested in attending a pickling party?

a pickling party

dicovered via: luisa brimble
photography by: ditte isager

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the jam labelizer

February 27, 2012

make your own jam labels

hey, roosters! my mom sent over a link to the jam labelizer yesterday, and i was so excited- it’s brilliant! choose from several designs, fill in your info and either print or save them- simple as that! and, it’s free!

jam labelizer here are a few i made up in just a few minutes. now you’ll have no excuse for not having the cutest jam ever. xox!

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harvest and preserve

September 21, 2011

felix doolittle

whether we’re ready for it or not, summer is coming towards an end, but one of they many joys of fall is getting ready to harvest and preserve our seasons yummy produce. when i saw these summery kitchen labels from felix doolittle, i immediately thought about how pretty they would make a cupboard or how lovely they would make a gift of your garden’s goodies.

felix doolittle

with chef medallions, baker’s labels and oval kitchen labels, they are perfect for sharing garden goodies, canning, making jams and throwing parties! they all feature a gorgeous watercolor illustration by felix (he paints them almost to scale with a very tiny brush!) and come with personalization in a cute little tin, aren’t they lovely?
felix doolittle make sure to cruise by their notecard collections as well! i’ve found that if i have pretty notecards within reach, i’m much more likely to write my friends and family, something that i’ve been trying to a lot more of lately!

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you pick raspberries

August 10, 2011

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you pick raspberries

you pick raspberries

you pick raspberries

early we rose yesterday and to the ‘you pick organic farm’ we went. after an embarrassing amount of sugar, 4 trips to the grocery store and one lost wallet, we managed to can over 70 jars of raspberry jam. feet = exhausted. tummy = very happy.

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happy august!

August 2, 2011

Posted by in handmade


as august is my most favorite month of the year (it may or may not be my birthday month) i wanted to send you a little wish for a happy august! to me, august always resembles the last of summer veggies, canning in the kitchen and soaking up the last bit of summer heat. what does august mean to you?


tag calendar, bright green peridot, mason jar gift labels, sure crystal necklace with turquoise, fox art

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