Vegan BBQ Sauce

You will need only 5 minutes to make your own BBQ Sauce. It will be smoky, a bit sweet, but plain delicious. It is 100% vegan and gluten-free contrary to many store-bought condiment brands.  Condiments is not always worth making at home especially…

You will need only 5 minutes to make your own BBQ Sauce. It will be smoky, a bit sweet, but plain delicious. It is 100% vegan and gluten-free contrary to many store-bought condiment brands.  Condiments is not always worth making at home especially the tricky ones with hard to get ingredients or difficult technology like...

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Sweet & Spicy Pepper Jelly

Pepper jelly is a delicious enigma: the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. It is nothing short of perfection on a cracker with cream cheese. This recipe is extremely versatile, use whatever color peppers you have on hand, and adjust the heat level to your liking, from just a hint of heat to inferno-in-your-mouth. This […]

Pepper jelly is a delicious enigma: the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. It is nothing short of perfection on a cracker with cream cheese.

This recipe is extremely versatile, use whatever color peppers you have on hand, and adjust the heat level to your liking, from just a hint of heat to inferno-in-your-mouth.

Jars of red and orange pepper jelly with printable labels

This sweet and spicy pepper jelly is one of my favorite recipes from my canning ebook series, That’s My Jam. It’s been a few years since I’ve made it, but recently a glut of peppers from our CSA left me no other choice than to make a batch or two. The result was so pretty I decided to share it here, complete with brand new labels (the ones in the ebook are specifically for red pepper jelly, so a new, more color-versatile label seemed to be in order).

I’m actually not particularly fond of peppers, if you can believe it. Pepper jelly is the exception, however, and I will devour an entire jar myself with gusto.

Bright sunlight making the red and orange pepper jelly sparkle

I’ve actually posted a pepper jelly recipe before, a traditional recipe using liquid pectin, but I reworked the recipe using Pomona’s pectin for the ebook a few years back. The updated recipe also incorporates the chopped peppers rather than straining them out, which results in a slightly chunkier but noticeably more flavorful jam (not to mention a higher yield).

Another benefit to using a low sugar pectin? It’s much quicker. In fact, the third batch of this jelly I made (I had high hopes for the purple version using some pretty purple sweet peppers, alas, ’twas not meant to be…) only took 30 minutes start to finish, minus the water bath (which I opted to skip for the third batch since it was smaller and ugly and not worth preserving). Even including the 10 minute boiling water bath, you can easily be done in 45 minutes… an hour total if we’re including dishes. Still, for jam, that’s definitely on the quick side, and one of the reasons I love canning with Pomona’s pectin.

(Be sure to click through and scroll to the bottom of this post for the printable labels… including a NEW editable template option for your canning convenience!)

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No Nuts! Vegan Queso Dip

Our favorite Vegan Queso Dip is based on our creamy, delicious, nut-free and veggie-based cheese sauce. Way healthier than any store-bought processed stuff. You can make this dip in within 20 minutes. Super quick right? No cashews here, so I dare …

Our favorite Vegan Queso Dip is based on our creamy, delicious, nut-free and veggie-based cheese sauce. Way healthier than any store-bought processed stuff. You can make this dip in within 20 minutes. Super quick right? No cashews here, so I dare to say that it is also quite budget-friendly.  Let’s talk Tex-Mex! We are alternating between...

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Smokey Roasted Eggplant Dip with Bell Pepper and Walnut

If you love baba ganoush or muhammara, you’ll love this recipe for Roasted Eggplant Dip with Bell Peppers and Walnuts. It feels like the love child of these two. The best of both worlds, but still unique on its own right. It is rich, flavorful, a…

If you love baba ganoush or muhammara, you’ll love this recipe for Roasted Eggplant Dip with Bell Peppers and Walnuts. It feels like the love child of these two. The best of both worlds, but still unique on its own right. It is rich, flavorful, and especially delicious added to a vegan grilled cheese sandwich. ...

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The Quickest Roasted Beet Hummus

You will immediately fall in love with this pink creamy roasted beet hummus. We only used basic whole foods ingredients to make them soft and fluffy. In addition, we also show you how to roast beetroot in 15 minutes.  Can I say that hummus is the …

You will immediately fall in love with this pink creamy roasted beet hummus. We only used basic whole foods ingredients to make them soft and fluffy. In addition, we also show you how to roast beetroot in 15 minutes.  Can I say that hummus is the best dip / spread ever? We make our Classic Hummus...

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Old-Fashioned Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Old-fashioned Meyer lemon marmalade is made with little more than lemons, sugar, water and time. The result is a vibrant citrine-hued marmalade with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Meyer lemons, a cross between traditional lemons and mandarin oranges, have a sweeter flavor that makes them perfect for marmalade (it’s definitely one of my […]

Old-fashioned Meyer lemon marmalade is made with little more than lemons, sugar, water and time. The result is a vibrant citrine-hued marmalade with a perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Meyer lemons, a cross between traditional lemons and mandarin oranges, have a sweeter flavor that makes them perfect for marmalade (it’s definitely one of my favorites).

Open jar of Old-Fashioned Meyer Lemon Marmalade, with whole and half lemons and full jars with printable labels.

When life (or in this case, your lovely Auntie) gives you lemons…

… make marmalade.

Ok, and maybe some lemonade too. And preserved lemons. And lemon bars. And lemon curd. And lemon poppyseed muffins. And… (she really did send me a TON of lemons).

Luckily I’ve got a wealth of Meyer lemon recipes to choose from.

Still, I couldn’t resist putting this perfect, untreated fruit to work in a batch of good old-fashioned marmalade.

Bright yellow Meyer lemons in a ceramic bowl on marble background

This is an old fashioned marmalade recipe, meaning it does not have any added pectin.

What it does have is quite a bit of sugar.

I know 7 cups seems like a lot, but please don’t try to reduce the sugar in this recipe. I won’t get into the science of it, but having the proper concentration of sugar is what allows the pectin to activate and the marmalade to form a proper gel.

I know it might seem like reducing the sugar will result in a less-sweet jam, but the point at which a marmalade ‘sets’ is when the sugar concentration reaches a certain percentage (typically 60-65%). If you reduce the sugar, you’ll either end up with a runny jam, or you’ll have to cook the jam for a longer period of time, essentially evaporating off more water until you end up with the same concentration of sugar as if you used the full quantity of sugar to begin with. So unless you want to spend more time to get a smaller quantity of the same thing, please use the full quantity of sugar as written.

I’d also argue that the sweetness is necessary to offset the tart and bitter notes of the citrus, much in the way sugar is pretty much a requirement for lemonade (drinking straight up lemon juice is anything but pleasant). In the case of marmalade sugar also works as a preservative, maintaining the stained glass-like color of the citrus for a much longer period of time.

That said, I do have some lower sugar marmalade recipes here as well as a few in my ebook which use Pomona’s pectin (this particular kind of pectin is designed to react with calcium, not sugar, so you can reduce the added sugar in jams by a significant amount without affecting the final set). I do find that these lower-sugar preserves, marmalade especially, do tend to darken in color over time, much more noticeably than the old fashioned kind.

Want to see the whole step by step process? I documented the entire marmalade-making procedure last weekend in my Instagram Stories, and saved to my highlights. Because sometimes it’s easier to see a recipe made to fully understand just how it works.

Also be sure to click through/scroll down to get the FREE printable labels I’ve designed just for you. :)

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Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

Our favorite Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce is nut-free, oil-free, but absolutely creamy, delicious and nutritious. Definitely healthier than any store-bought processed stuff. It is also easy to make and you can be ready within 20 minutes. No …

Our favorite Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce is nut-free, oil-free, but absolutely creamy, delicious and nutritious. Definitely healthier than any store-bought processed stuff. It is also easy to make and you can be ready within 20 minutes. No cashews here, so I dare to say that it is also quite budget-friendly.  As we deep-dived into plant-based eating we started...

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1-ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter

Have you ever tried making your own peanut butter? Not yet? After I tasted homemade peanut butter for the first time, there was no turning back. Whatever store-bought version I tried, later on, it felt too oily. I haven’t realized that before. So…

Have you ever tried making your own peanut butter? Not yet? After I tasted homemade peanut butter for the first time, there was no turning back. Whatever store-bought version I tried, later on, it felt too oily. I haven’t realized that before. So, who is willing to try this super easy, 1-ingredient peanut butter recipe?...

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Vegan Mac and Cheese Sauce (Nut-free)

This Vegan Mac and Cheese Sauce is easy, creamy, veggie-packed and ready in 20 minutes. If you’re looking for a pasta sauce that is vegan (dairy-free and egg-free), gluten-free, nut-free and oil-free not to mention delicious and nutriti…

This Vegan Mac and Cheese Sauce is easy, creamy, veggie-packed and ready in 20 minutes. If you’re looking for a pasta sauce that is vegan (dairy-free and egg-free), gluten-free, nut-free and oil-free not to mention delicious and nutritious, you might want to read on. No cashews here, so I dare to say that it is also quite...

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