Summer Happy Hour: Pear Habanero Margaritas

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It's summertime, and the living is easy....and sticky. It can be hard to think of anything other than ice cream, and swimming pools, and cold drinks. So in the spirit of that, and because it's FRIDAY, we're bringing you #summerhappyhour. This week we're serving up Pear Habanero Margaritas!

It's a different spin on your traditional margarita, featuring our Pear Habanero jam, tequila and pineapple juice. It's sweet and delicious with a little bit of heat. (But not the kind that will make you sweat!) Pair it up with some homemade salsa and you got the perfect start to your Friday night!

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Pear Habanero Margarita

Instructions:

  1. Add everything to your shaker and shake until mixed. 
  2. Pour over ice. Add any garnishes you may like (salt, jalapeños, lime, etc)
  3. Enjoy!

If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

Cheese Please: Grilled Cheese with Pesto, Mozzarella + Smoked Tomato Jam

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There's nothing better than a meal that has that perfect blend of savory + a hint of sweet! We LOVE grilled cheese over here and try to make it a regular lunch occurrence. Today we're sharing our version of a caprese grilled cheese. We stopped by Mazzaros to get fresh mozzarella, because it's our favorite. If you haven't been to this landmark in St. Pete, we highly recommend you go!

To make it we slathered some pesto on top of one piece of bread and laid on fresh cut mozzarella on top. Then we spread the other piece with Smoked Tomato jam and a some spinach. Each gooey flavorful bite it full of fresh basil and garlic, smooth mozzarella, and smoky tangy, sweet jam. It's a total mid-week win in our books!

Grilled Cheese with Pesto, Mozzarella + Smoked Tomato Jam

Ingredients for 1 sandwich

  • sourdough bread
  • 2 TB Smoked Tomato Jam
  • 2 TB pesto
  • 3 or more slices of fresh cut mozzarella
  • handful of spinach
  • butter or olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat a cast iron skillet on medium.
  2. Butter the outside pieces of sourdough bread.
  3. To build sandwich spread pesto on one slice and top with mozzarella. One the other slice spread Smoked Tomato Jam and top with spinach.  Close sandwich up.
  4. Place bread butter side down onto cast iron skillet and cover. Cook about 5-8 minutes on each side, butter side down, checking often. Remember in between checks to cover back up! That helps the cheese to melt. 
  5. Enjoy!

If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

Farm Visit: Blackberry Pickin' at Bramble Creek Farms

By now you've probably heard about our day trip to Bramble Creek Farms between our Jam of the Month Club, Blackberry Honey Jack class, and just plain love for blackberries! We had a much needed relaxing, slow, southern day where we took our time picking (and eating quite a few) blackberries. When we'd picked all we could, we spent some time feeding the cows, and taking in the sweet smell of all the jasmine blossoms. We even found a little babbling creek in shade!

Later in the day we met up with the farmers Ann and Gene. They were so friendly and invited us to sip blackberry wine and chat on the porch! There's nothing like some relaxing porch talking and rocking chair rocking. 

Bramble Creek farms also carries honey from a local beekeeper, and homemade goat milk soap! It's definitely worth packing the family up and making a day trip out it! But hurry, because blackberry season doesn't last much longer. Happy picking! UPDATE: They have had to close their season early! Please check their website for next year's season updates!

Urban Tips: Fruit Scrap Vinegar

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As you know, we're pretty big on not letting anything go to waste. Now that it's summertime and everyone is feeling in the mood to eat some fruit, it's time to save those scraps! Since it's Georgia peach season, we've been processing a lot of peaches. Your scraps of peach make a wonderful vinegar to use in your cooking or cleaning. You may be wondering how these peach scraps will turn into vinegar. It's all through the magical (ok, natural) powers of fermentation! Read below to see how this #urbantip is done.

How to make Peach Scrap Vinegar:

  1. Add peach scraps to a gallon jar.
  2. Pour purified water over the peach scraps leaving about a 1 1/2 inch head space, pour sugar over top and stir.
  3. Cover the jar with a large piece of cheese cloth (this protects from flies and other things). Secure it down with twine or a rubber band. 
  4. Leave the jar at room temp for several months. Once you begin to notice bubbles forming in the jar you'll know it's fermented.
  5. Using a colander strain the mixture. What's left is called a fermented juice!
  6. Pour the juice back into the gallon jar and cover with cheese cloth again. Allow it to continue to ferment for about 3 weeks more.

You might notice floaters that look like jelly fish growing in your vinegar, those are the mothers and should remain in the vinegar. They can grow new vinegar life! After 3 weeks the vinegar should be ready to use. I always save some of it and the mother in a separate jar to help jump start the next batch of vinegar. 

Happy summer and happy homesteading! We'd love to see your fruit scrap vinegar, so tag us or use the #urbancanningco on Insta to share your progress with us! 

Comment below if you have any questions for us!


If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

Perfect Pairings: Blue Cheese and Blueberry Lavender Jam

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In the kitchen we're always looking for something to snack on with cheese. Because, cheese makes us happy! (Raise your hand if you think cheese needs it's own place on the food pyramid by itself! We can't be the only ones!)

But it's Wednesday, and sometimes you need that extra push to get through the rest of the week. Our pairing of cheese and jam today will give you that thing to look forward to on the other side of hump day. Today is all about the blue's: blue cheese and blueberries. We're pairing a hunk of melt-in- your-mouth, tangy blue with our sweet, and floral Blueberry Lavender jam.

It's just the kind of elevated flavor for your palate that will taste decadent, but take NO time, making it a perfect snack (or let's face it...meal)! Toast some thin slices of baguette, pour yourself a glass of red wine, and relax!


If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

Father's Day Gift Guide

Dad's can be hard to shop for! But most Dad's are pretty easy to please with food. So we put together different trios of preserves you can bundle for your Dad based on his specific tastes. Remember, if you purchase any three of our preserves in-store or at the markets, you get one jar half off! (3 for $25)

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For the Beer Lover

If your Dad would prefer to spend weekends at one of the awesome craft breweries we have, then this bundle is perfect for him! Our two mustards are made with beer from Green Bench Brewery. Sweet German will be sweet with some spice, and the Spicy Stout will bring the heat with chili flakes and black pepper. And while they're sipping on their favorite beer, Habanero Dills will hit that spicy, snacking spot!

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For the Pickle Person

Give your Dad something to snack on when he opens the fridge! This combo of pickles hits all the flavors he could ask for. Our Chili Brussels, will make even a brussels sprouts hater fall in love with it's super savory cumin and chili pepper (seriously, they're that good). Sriracha Okra, is full of sweet smokiness, with a little bit of heat, and essential in a Bloody Mary. Finally Habanero Dills, bring some REAL heat and the perfect amount of garlic. We'd like to see him eat more than one at a time!

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For the Spice Guy

This is for the Dad who says there's never too much heat! We rounded up our spiciest preserves to make his tastebuds dance. Again, we have Habanero Dills (we've never met a Dad who DIDN'T love these), they are definitely our spiciest preserve and and spice lover will eat these up! Pear Habanero is a wonderful jam that is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. It also happens to be amazing for grilling any and all kinds of protein. Top it all off with our Spicy Stout mustard and your spice guy is going to be satisfied!

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For the Sweet Tooth

Not all Dads prefer savory or spicy things! These jams are for the Dad who prefers all things sweet! We rounded up our sweet and delicious jams, that are great for morning toast, quick PB+J lunches, or in an after work cocktail. Caramel Apple will remind him of his Mom's apple pie, while Peppered Strawberry is fresh and sweet, and Chai Grape will brighten his mornings.

We hope you find these bundles helpful! 

Sunday Funday: Peppered Strawberry Mimosas!

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What's a Sunday brunch with no mimosas? It would certainly bring on the Sunday scaries a whole lot faster. Our favorite type of mimosa doesn't even require you remembering to buy juice (or include any for that matter). Just pull out your favorite jar of jam and your champagne of choice and you're set for unlimited mimosas...well at least until your bottle runs out.

We are loving the elevated and decadent flavor of our Peppered Strawberry jam right now, and we think it makes for a pretty sophisticated mimosa, even in a mason jar! You could also use Blueberry Lavender, or Mai Tai jam (hint hint for our Jam of the Month Club members).

Peppered Strawberry Mimosa

Instructions:

  1. Add your jam and splash of OJ and stir until mixed to your liking. 
  2. Pour your champagne and drop in a few berries for flair! 
  3. Enjoy!

If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

Urban Tips: Tamari Ginger Broccoli Stems

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We're zero waste today on this week's #urbantips! One of our founder, Illene's biggest pet peeves is when broccoli stems get thrown away. Why? Because they're totally edible! There's not need to toss these when they make the best quick pickle. Tamari Ginger Broccoli Stems are savory and Asian inspired. They're your go-to fridge pickle for a snack, adding to your stir fry, putting in a poke bowl, or chopping up for your favorite salad. Who knew some crunchy broccoli stems could be so inspiring?

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Tamari Ginger Broccoli Stems

Ingredients

  • broccoli stems cut into spears (enough to fill a jar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Tamari Soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    For each jar:
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 inch fresh chopped ginger
  • 2 basil leaves

Instructions:

  1. Fill your jar with the ingredients above, and add the broccoli spears.
  2. In a pan, bring the water, soy sauce, and apple cider vinegar to a boil.
  3. Pour the boiling mixture into the jar, filling to the top.
  4. Lid your jar and let it completely cool.
  5. Once cool, place in the fridge and let cure for 2 weeks.
  6. Enjoy!

If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!