Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pear jam, home preserving and Global food security


This is the time of the year when we all get excited about thinking of ideas to preserve the summer vegetables and fruits. This Complete book of home preserving has lots of ideas that will come handy. There are about 400 recipes and 48 colour photographs in the book.

The detailed instruction on the book is easy to understand and follow, which beginners will appreciate. It also answers questions the experienced canners may have. There is a produce guide and a glossary that explains everything we need to know from ingredients to canning equipment. The book is separated to seven chapters: getting started, soft spread, fabulous fruits, salsa relish chutney, condiments, perfect pickles, tomato and pressure canning.
When we preserve at home it is free from chemical additives and preservatives. This book gives directions on safe canning and preserving methods. Click on the book preview to see a few pages inside the book.

I think preserving food to have during off-season is lots of fun, which becomes useful when it isn't in season. I usually make jam with berries, chutney with tomato and pickle vegetables.
These homemade goods make delicious gifts that family and friends appreciate.
I made about a cup of pear jam to have with puri.
2 ripe pears
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 star anise


Combine the peeled chopped pear with the sugar and lemon juice. Let it cook in low heat, you can cover the pan lightly so it will cook in its own liquid. Add the star anise towards the end when the pear get soft and has a jam consistency or it will have an overpowering taste.
I served the jam with puri. We finished the jam in a couple of days, so I am not sure how it will taste if it is kept for a long period of time in the fridge.

On a side note:
In an effort to increase global food security, DuPont commissioned the Global Food Security Index that launched on July 10th by Economist Intelligence Unit. This index addresses factors of food insecurity in 105 countries and points out the areas that need to be improved and reformed.
Ellen Kullman, the CEO and Chair of DuPont said that the index is the key to increasing global food security, as she thinks when it is measured things get done. She hopes that this index will promote collaboration to make better informed decisions to stimulate actions needed to feed our growing population.
The index answers questions like: how can consumers in each country access sufficient amounts of safe, high-quality affordable food?
Follow the conversation on twitter #foodsecurity if you are more interested.

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42 comments:

  1. the jam with puri looks delicious,I dont have a twitter account but I wish Ellen all the success!

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  2. Homeamde is the best! Love your pear jam.

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  3. Nice information on food security!.. I'm totally against canned food! and oh.. yummie pear jam :)

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  4. Delish jam..Bookmarked!!!! Very informative post too :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats corner

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  5. Delicious and yummy looking jam.
    deepa

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  6. Never tried pear jam before. Thanks for the review of this book.

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  7. yes we all need to know about this. being aware can only bring the difference that we desire.
    the jam looks awesome.

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  8. Jam and puri ....makes me hungry:) Very nice write up dear.

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  9. Looks very inviting, irresistible one.

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  10. De;icious looking jam.well prepared.

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  11. Homemade is always perfect and delicious. Love to try jam.

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  12. Que mermelada tan rica :) y así presentada umh Besos

    http://recetasde2.blogspot.com.es/

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  13. I like home made jams. My grandma used to make pear and cranberry jam.

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  14. I should also make jams at home rather than taking the easy way out, that is buying the ready made ones. Looks really tempting and what a way to preserved the pears.

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  15. Come to think of it, I've never tried pear jam before! Everyone is making jams lately. I need proper training or got to learn how to do it!

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  16. Looks beautiful and yummy!
    Have a nice weekend

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  17. Knowing how to preserve food for the winter months is so important and that book IS excellent. The jam looks beautiful :)
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  18. jam with pear sounds yummy..always pear get over ripen and rots here so can rescue it before that stage by making jams..good idea.

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  19. I've never made fruit jam although I've made coconut egg jam a couple of times. I should try this recipe..thanks for sharing.

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  20. I have friends who make their own jam, mostly freezer jams, but I've yet to try it myself. Looks like I'm missing out on all the fun!

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  21. I Love pear jam and this book sounds lovely! Puri and jam! Mmmmm

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  22. Jam looks so yumm and interesting flavor of that staranice those puris looks so tempting....

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  23. Jam looks delicious..and home-made jams are better options at least we know what goes inside..hugs

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  24. This homemade Pear jam looks wonderful, much better than the jams sold in the market.

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  25. I love Pear anything never tried something like this very intriguing indeed!

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  26. I never knew homemade jam was so simple to make! Great for when we have overripe fruit that no one wants to eat.

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  27. Your pear jam looks amazing....so simple and delish!

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  28. nice posting. thanks for sharing

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  29. Nice recipe. Looks wonderful and delicious.

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  30. Looks delicious...never tried Pear jam though

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