When you are feeling lazy, vanilla peach butter is the easiest preserve to make. Mash the peaches or puree then in a blender, then use a slow cooker (crockpot) to cook the pulp without heating the kitchen. When it’s the correct consistency,
This chutney version originates with a recipe in Marisa McClellan’s wonderful blog Food in Jars. I wanted to avoid the hour-and-a-half of stirring while the mixture reduced, so I decided to try out a slightly different version in my crock-pot with a larger batch.
Tomato paste is, in principle, an easy thing: squish the tomatoes, separate the skins and the seeds, and reduce the resulting pulp until it’s very thick. I have already posted a Roasted Tomato Paste recipe – here’s a version using a slow cooker or two.
Have you ever caramelized onions on the stovetop? First you melt butter in a big heavy pan, then you add a bunch of onions, and stand there, stirring and cooking, for an hour or more. Stand there. Stir. Monitor the heat.
In a large stainless or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, cook the diced bacon until the fat has rendered, and the bacon is golden and crisp. Drain the bacon on a paper-towel lined plate and reserve for later.