Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather

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Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather

Makes: 2 Trays Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients 4 ½ cups strawberries, hulled ½ cup honey or maple syrup 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions Preheat oven to 170°F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.

Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If desired, strain to remove seeds. The mixture should be pourable, but not thin enough to run off a baking sheet. Divide the mixture between the pans, and spread with a spatula making sure to spread evenly.

Bake for 3 hours or until leather is no longer sticky. Rotate pans 180° and swap racks halfway through baking.

Transfer leather to a cutting board and let cool before slicing into desired sizes. Wrap with parchment or wax paper and store in an airtight container.

Blackberry Honey Jam

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This homemade blackberry jam is sweetened with honey, rather than white sugar – sweet and healthy!

Homemade Blackberry Honey Jam

Makes: 4 Pints Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 3 lbs fresh blackberries 1 ¾ cups honey 2 large Granny Smith apples 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions Wash the blackberries and place in a large stockpot.

Slice the apple into quarters and remove the core. Grate both apples, leaving the skin on. Add to pot with blackberries then add honey and lemon juice.

Heat on high until the mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes

Use an immersion blender (or potato masher) to puree blackberries until smooth and there are no chunks.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for an additional 30-45 minutes, based on consistency. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

Place in prepared jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace at the top and can using a water bath. Process for 10 minutes.

calling all peach lovers!

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Baked Peaches with Honey and Blue Cheese

Makes: 4-6 servings Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 6 ripe peaches, cut in half, pits removed 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, divided ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt fresh cracked pepper 4 sprigs fresh thyme 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 ounces blue cheese local honey

Directions Preheat oven to 450°F.

Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle cut-side of peaches with 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and pepper. Place peaches cut-side down in the skillet with sprigs of rosemary. Cook for 5 minutes, or until golden and caramelized. Sprinkle uncut side with additional 1 tablespoon sugar and transfer to oven for 10 minutes.

Remove peaches and flip so they are cut-side up. Roast for another 5-7 minutes, until soft. Remove from oven, remove thyme sprigs and add a tablespoon of blue cheese to each peach cavity. Drizzle with local honey and sprinkle with several fresh thyme leaves.

Serve by themselves, with ice cream or yogurt! Enjoy!

*Note – If you aren’t a blue cheese fan, these peaches will be fabulous with many other types of cheese! Try an oozy brie, nutty fontina or crumbly goat cheese.

Canning & Preserving 101

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We certainly aren’t willing to admit that the summer season is on its last leg – but we are all about making it last just a little bit longer. Now, while the farmers markets and gardens are abundant, is the best time to start preserving! By using some of the techniques that we explore below, you can put all of your produce overflow to good use for months to come! Food preservation can be a bit daunting, but don’t be scared! With a little research and a little practice, you’ll be an expert in to time! Check out our starter guide to food preservation!

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Our 4 Favorite Pesto Recipes

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Once again, pesto is a great way to use up an abundance of produce and it’s endlessly adaptable! If you want to play around with a new recipe, just follow a general recipe below and switch an ingredient for a like ingredient. Just remember, pesto can be made from nearly anything! So let those creative juices flow and share your favorites with us!

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Chicken Power Bowl with Avocado Dressing

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The best part about “bowl” foods? They are made to be customized and therefore are perfect for using up an abundance of produce or leftovers in your refrigerator. So adjust ingredients as needed! They are also perfect for making ahead and taking as a weekday lunch. Just remember to keep your dressing on the side!

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