How to turn fresh mint into a sauce worth preserving
Dear Eric: I have been looking for a recipe for making mint sauce in large amounts with no luck.
My family loves lamb and our mint is lovely right now, but we've not found a recipe that cheap real pandora charms allows me to make a large batch and then bottle for use during the year. Your help would be much appreciated.
Dear Carol: I tinkered around in the kitchen and came up with a mint sauce recipe for you. It can be sealed in canning jars, to be at the ready in your pantry when you need some of this classic condiment to serve pandora rings australia online with lamb.
It's not complicated, but does have quite a beguiling sweet and sour flavour. The sweet taste comes from plain old sugar; the sour edge from two types of vinegar malt and cider.
Making it mint sauce, of course, is the addition of chopped fresh mint, whose taste gets infused into the sugar/vinegar mixture through simmering.
Lemon juice, salt and pepper also contribute to the overall flavour.
The recipe yields six, one cup (250 mL) jars of mint sauce and requires two cups of loosely packed fresh mint leaves. If desired, you could also can the mint sauce in 12 smaller, half cup (125 mL) jars. And, if you're really crazy for mint sauce, the recipe could easily be doubled.
Carol, it sounds as if you have a bounty of mint available, so below the mint sauce recipe you'll find another recipe for mint and walnut pesto. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days and can also be frozen for later use. For suggestions on how to use this vibrant tasting and looking pesto, see the introduction to the recipe.
2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves, washed, dried and finely chopped (about 1 cup once chopped)
Sterilize 6, 1 cup (250 mL) canning jars in boiling water 10 minutes. Sterilize 6 canning jars lids in boiling water 5 minutes.
While that is happening, place sugar, vinegars, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium, non reactive (not aluminum) pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer 1 minute, or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the pandora on sale online mint and gently simmer 5 minutes more.
Place drained, sterilized pandora charms online sale jars on a work surface. Pour in the mint sauce, leaving a 12 inch headspace at the top of each jar. Wipe rims and centre and set a sterilized lid on each jar. Set on the jars' screwbands and turn just until fingertip tight.
Heat process the jars in boiling water for 15 minutes. Set them on a rack to cool at room temperature for 24 hours. Check the seal. A properly sealed lid will be concave (curve downward).
Label and date the mint sauce and store in a cool, dark place until needed. Refrigerate after opening.
This stunning green, walnut rich pesto can be slathered on lamb leg or rack before roasting, or tossed into hot, boiled miniature potatoes to flavour them after boiling.
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