This week, while visiting Mother’s Kitchen, I discovered the Can Jam. And, I’ve decided that since I’m still not busy enough with the kids and work and the chickens and running and blogging and Dark Days and the Family Wisdom Conference (More on that later. . . ), I should probably join another blog challenge. I stumbled upon the challenge after the official cut-off date, but decided I would play along anyway because of my newfound love of canning. Since the first month’s challenge hadn’t been posted yet, Tigress was nice enough to make me official!
The challenge is simple. Each month an ingredient will be posted at Tigress in a Jam. (Think “Iron Chef” revealing the secret ingredient.) Once the ingredient has been posted, each of the bloggers participating has three weeks to come up with a creation utilizing the ingredient and post details of their canned goods. The hope is that the canned goods will utilize local, in-season produce. Here in Michigan, there isn’t much local or in season right now but as we move into spring and summer, I hope to take advantage of all the great local produce in our area, and even grow some of my own.
This month’s ingredient is citrus. I think I’m going to make a marmalade. I haven’t tried that yet, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m considering a lemon marmalade, but if I can find blood oranges, preferably organic, I think they would make a stunning marmalade. The post will go up next week, so check back to see what I end up with. Who knows, it could be a disaster, but I’m comitted so even if it is a total flop, it’ll be here for all the world to see.