November 17, 2014

Japanify: Yuzu Marmalade

by Yoko Kumano

It seems like there are two types of people in this world: people with too many yuzu in their lives and people who are always in search of yuzu. Unlucky for me, I am in the latter category. But hold your tears! I met someone who has too much yuzu in her life and she […]

January 14, 2013

Upcoming Event: Quick Pickles + Canning with Kelly Geary

by Kayoko Akabori

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Kelly Geary is the founder and chef for Sweet Deliverance, a thriving subscription program where she prepares healthy, delicious home-cooked meals out of her CSA shares. All with fresh and organic produce, she charts out each meal for the week, for her too-busy-to-cook customers — anything from salads and soups to […]

July 2, 2010

The Plumming Project: Prep + Boil

by Kayoko Akabori

This is one of those projects that I always think I can handle, but it just turns into dread, and ultimately only goes to prove what a huge procrastinator I am. Since I picked up the plums from Christi a week ago, it’s just been this nagging thing that’s been clawing at my brain EVERY […]

June 29, 2010

The Plumming Project: Ingredients + Recipe

by Kayoko Akabori

Summer is here. You know how I know? Christi called me last week and said, “We’ve got plums coming out of our ying yang, from the trees in our back yard. Will you come take them?” Yes, this is the same Christi who handed me bags of apricots last year, with which I made jam. […]

July 24, 2009

Apricot Jamming: Jarring and Sealing (UGH), Pt. 4

by Kayoko Akabori

Preface: Apricot Jamming: Fruit Prep, Pt. 1 Apricot Jamming: Sterilizing Jars, Pt. 2 Apricot Jamming: We’re Jammin, Pt. 3 I’m not gonna lie- this step was the biggest pain in the ass. Mostly cause some of the jars didn’t cooperate and I had to try sealing and resealing them over and over again. NOT FUN. […]

July 22, 2009

Apricot Jamming: We’re Jammin’, Pt. 3

by Kayoko Akabori

Preface: Apricot Jamming: Fruit Prep, Pt. 1 Apricot Jamming: Sterilizing Jars, Pt. 2 Now that you have let the apricots rest for at least two hours, and your jam jars are set and ready to go, let’s get to jammin’! This is a pretty straight-forward procedure: bring apricots to a boil, and for the next […]

July 21, 2009

Apricot Jamming: Sterilizing Jars, Pt. 2

by Kayoko Akabori

Preface: Apricot Jamming: Fruit Prep, Pt. 1 Once you have the apricots marinating in the sugar-lemon mixture (for at least two hours), this would be a good time to sterilize the jam jars. I couldn’t find the Ball mason jars anywhere- you know the ones with the lids and seals that come separately? I looked […]

July 20, 2009

Apricot Jamming: Fruit Prep, Pt. 1

by Kayoko Akabori

When I saw Merriberry’s beautiful apricot tree budding with gorgeous blush-hued fruit, I knew just what I wanted to do: JAM IT! This would be my first time attempting such an arduous-sounding project, and arduous it would indeed end up being. All in all however, it was well worth all the spills, burns and bottling […]