2017 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Last Minute Shopper

I know there are only a few shopping days left until Christmas, but today I have a gift guide for those of you who like to wait until the last minute. I know you're out there, because I live with a last minute gift buyer. So, I dedicate today's guide to those of you who enjoy living on the edge and ordering your gifts less than two weeks before a major holiday. Here's hoping your deliveries arrive undamaged and on time (and may you have a backup plan in place for when they don't!)  

2017 Gift Guide for the Last Minute Shopper | Not Starving Yet

Spiceologist Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme All Purpose Rub from Amazon

Casina Rossa Gourmet Sea Salt Gift Pack from Amazon

Death Wish Ground Coffee from Amazon

Hammond's Candy Stirrers from Amazon

Mustard and Co. Gift Set from Amazon

Daelmans Stroopwafels from Amazon

Claey's Peppermint Candy from Amazon

Fuego Hot Sauce - The Good Hurt from Amazon

Didn't find what you were looking for? Don't worry, we have you covered! Check out our past gift ideas for more inspiration.
 

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Blueberry Peach Pie Filling + Canning Instructions

When it comes to dessert I have surprisingly simple tastes. If you give me a slice of pie topped with real whipped cream I'll happily devour it and ignore everything else on the dessert table. Knowing that, it should come as no great surprise when I tell you that I make a pretty amazing assortment of pies when the holidays roll around: caramel apple, lemon meringue, and pumpkin frequently grace our table, but I've been making those same flavors for years. 

This year I decided to branch out a little, so I spent the summer putting up jars of Cherry Almond, Cardamom Peach, and Blueberry Peach pie filling to help make my holiday prep work a little less stressful. I know that making your own pie filling can seem like a lot of work once you read through the steps, which is why I prefer to preserve mine to use later, but it's definitely worth the extra effort. Being able to eat a fresh summer peach in the middle of winter will always improve a cold, dreary day.

While you're at it make sure to check out our Pie Crust 101 tutorial for more great pie making tips and our go-to pie crust recipe—you'll never go back to store bought again!

Blueberry Peach Pie Filling | Not Starving Yet

Blueberry Peach Pie Filling

makes 2 pints or 1 quart


Ingredients

3½ cups ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed
¾ cup cold water
¼ cup + 1 tbsp ClearJel (see notes)
4 teaspoons bottled lemon juice

Directions

  • Cut an X in the bottom of the peaches, dip them in a large pot of boiling water for 30 - 60 seconds or until the skins start to loosen, then quickly transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Slip the skins off, cut the peaches in half, remove the pit, and slice into equal-sized pieces. 
  • In a large saucepan combine white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla bean seeds, and ClearJel. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice, continue to boil for an additional minute, stirring frequently. Gently fold in the peaches and blueberries, continue cooking for three minutes, then transfer directly to your pie crust.
  • This recipe is safe to can, so you can also put it in sterilized pint or quart jars, making sure to leave a full inch of headspace, and process in a water bath for 30 minutes (0 - 1,000 ft),  35 minutes (1,001 - 3,000 ft), 40 minutes (3,001 - 6,000 ft) or 45 minutes (if above 6,000 ft). The time is the same for both pints and quarts. 

Notes

 

Pie dishes come in a variety of sizes, so double check how much filling you need before you get started. A standard size pie dish takes 2 pints while a deep dish will take 3. 

Not sure where to find ClearJel? I've never seen it sold at our local stores, so I buy a from Amazon and have it shipped to me. My preferred brand comes from SB Canning, which isn't available at the moment, so my second choice would be from Hoosier Hill Farm

ClearJel expands quite a bit during processing, so make sure you leave a full inch of headspace when filling your jars. Anything less and you run the risk of your lid popping while it's in the water bath (if you're using Weck jars) or compromising your seal (if using Ball/Kerr jars.)
 

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This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.

Cardamom Peach Pie Filling + Canning Instructions

Earlier this summer I found myself the proud owner of 48lbs of fresh Georgia peaches, most of which went to make some pretty fabulous Vanilla Bean Infused Peach Slices. I could eat those bad boys all day long, but after putting up nearly four cases of them I decided it was time for a change, I wanted to try my hand at another pie filling.

I'm a firm believer than you can never have too much pie filling on hand so you'll normally find a case or two floating around our house, but our cherry harvest this year was smaller than normal leaving me with a measly 4 jars of the Cherry Almond Pie Filling I made back in May. That's not even enough to see me through a single holiday, so I decided a spiced peach filling had to be done, if only so I could eat my fill of cobblers and crisps this summer.

The combination of sweet peaches and warm spices is the perfect bridge between summer and fall, so I'll encourage you to make up a batch or two while you can still find fresh peaches. Before too long they'll be gone, along with our warm weather, and you'll regret that you only pinned this post instead of making it.

If you're new to pie making don't forget to check out our  Pie Crust 101  tutorial. It will help you get a handle on the basics of making a good pie crust from scratch. It's not nearly as scary as the internet would have you belive, I promise!

If you're new to pie making don't forget to check out our Pie Crust 101 tutorial. It will help you get a handle on the basics of making a good pie crust from scratch. It's not nearly as scary as the internet would have you belive, I promise!

Cardamom Peach Pie Filling
 

makes 2 pints or 1 quart


Ingredients

3½ cups ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
½ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed
¼ teaspoon cardamom, ground
¼ teaspoon ginger, ground
⅛ teaspoon cloves, ground
¾ cup cold water
¼ cup + 1 tbsp ClearJel (see notes)
4 teaspoons bottled lemon juice

Directions

  • Cut an X in the bottom of the peaches, dip them in a large pot of boiling water for 30 - 60 seconds or until the skins start to loosen, then quickly transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Slip the skins off, cut the peaches in half, remove the pit, and slice into equal-sized pieces. 
  • In a large saucepan combine white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla bean seeds, cardamom, ginger, cloves, cold water, and ClearJel. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice, continue to boil for an additional minute, stirring frequently. Gently fold in the peaches, continue cooking for three minutes, then transfer directly to your pie crust.
  • This recipe is safe to can, so you can also put it in sterilized pint or quart jars, making sure to leave a full inch of headspace, and process in a water bath for 30 minutes (0 - 1,000 ft),  35 minutes (1,001 - 3,000 ft), 40 minutes (3,001 - 6,000 ft) or 45 minutes (if above 6,000 ft). The time is the same for both pints and quarts. 

Notes

 

You'll find cinnamon absent from all of the recipes here at Not Starving Yet because I have a pesky allergy to it, but for you cinnamon lovers out there I'll let you in on a secret: You can add it to your batch if you really miss it, although I'll encourage you to try the recipe the way it's written the first time, it really is wonderful.

Pie dishes come in a variety of sizes, so double check how much filling you need before you get started. A standard size pie dish takes 2 pints while a deep dish will take 3. 

Not sure where to find ClearJel? I've never seen it sold at our local stores, so I buy a from Amazon and have it shipped to me. My preferred brand comes from SB Canning, which isn't available at the moment, so my second choice would be from Hoosier Hill Farm

ClearJel expands quite a bit during processing, so make sure you leave a full inch of headspace when filling your jars. Anything less and you run the risk of your lid popping while it's in the water bath (if you're using Weck jars) or compromising your seal (if using Ball/Kerr jars.)
 

Disclosure


This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Gourmet Gifts

So what do you get the cook who has everything? Something edible! Here are some of our favorite new discoveries this year to help get your started with your holiday shopping.

2016 Gourmet Gift Guide | Not Starving Yet

Pecan Honey Mustard - Terrapin Ridge Farms

Roasted Garlic Onion Jam - Stonewall Kitchen

Black Truffle Mustard - KL Keller

Red Pepper Jelly - Stonewall Kitchen

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle - Sheila G's

Firecracker Dark Chocolate Bar - Chuao

Sack of Coal Candy - Hammond's

Onion Blossom Horseradish Dip - Robert Rothschild Farm

Chocolate S'mores Dip - Robert Rothschild Farm

Bordeaux Cherry Balsamic Vinegar - Wine Country Kitchens

Peppermint Candy Cane Dip - Robert Rothschild Farm

Didn't find what you were looking for? Don't worry, we have you covered! Check out our past gift ideas for more inspiration.
 

Disclosure


This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.