Easy Peasy Cleany

Easy peasy cleany…not a great rhyme. A pretty terrible rhyme. This post will not make you want to eat jam. But it will save you time and effort scrubbing pots with burned on sugar and jam. 

Yes, I burned the jam. I burned a big pot of apricot jam. Since I don’t do things half way, it was really really really burned.  

Determined to not waste any time scrubbing, I settled in for some serious research. Said “research” included a glass of wine and Pinterest. I found a few tips that don’t work (which I’ll explain at the end so you don’t waste your time with them). 

This is my blackened jam pot. I cleaned off the sticky jam, but the burned part won’t budge.   Introducing the magical and cheap cleaners, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.     Pour in a good amount of baking soda (about a cup). Then douse it with hydrogen peroxide (about a cup).  Swish it around in the pot until it’s mixed. 

Let it sit overnight and return to your Pinterest binge. The next morning, your pot will look something like this. Ewww! Gross! Dump out the liquid and scrape off the black gunk. This is a VERY easy step. Most of the black comes off right away.   I scrubbed less than 30 seconds. For reals. Since I burned the jam very thoroughly, I actually needed to repeat the process again.    I repeated the process with less hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (about half a cup each).  The second morning, it was gross again.  

 After a quick rinse, my pot was sparkling clean. 


The tricks that didn’t work include:

  • Making a paste of baking soda and water (this pot was REALLY burned)
  • Soaking in hot water and dish soap
  • Heating up the empty pot and adding cold water. The theory is that the heat and cold will make a bubbly mix that lifts the burned part of the pot. Not so much. 

That’s it. As promised, easy peasy cleany. 

Asian Pear Butter

Asian Pear Butter is now available. Asian Pears combine the sweet taste of a pear with a slight floral scent and the crunch of an apple. Aunt Becky’s Asian Pear Butter is roasted in the oven and sweetened with organic cane sugar.

There’s a limited supply of Aunt Becky’s Asian Pear Butter, so orders yours quick or you’ll miss out. And remember the October sale!

Honeycrisp Apple Butter

Honeycrisp apples are the perfect blend of honey and tartness. The luscious apple flavor comes through in Aunt Becky’s Honeycrisp Apple Butter.  


Apple butter is a perennial favorite. Honeycrisp apples will replace Summer Rambo apples as long as I can get my hands on more. 


After taking the above photo, I had a revelation. I often tell people that I rarely eat jam. This is false (said like Dwight Shrute from The Office). I eat jam all the time, including licking the spoon covered in lovely Honeycrisp Apple Butter. 

Order yours today and enjoy the October sale!

  • 10% off your order of 5 jars or more
  • 15% off your order of 10 jars or more

Now through October 31. 

October Pre-Order Sale

Welcome to October! The leaves are changing. The morning is foggy and night temperatures are crisp. Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. During the month of October, Aunt Becky’s will be holding a once a year sale!

 What’s the sale?

  • Receive a 10% discount off your entire order when you order 5 to 9 jars
  • Receive 15% off your entire order of 10 or more jars

What’s are the Gift Bag Options?

Aunt Becky’s offers free gift bags, ribbons and holiday gift tags with every jar purchased

  • Gift bags are crisp white with sturdy twist paper handles and are made in the USA
  • Small gift bags hold one to two jars
  • Medium gift bags hold up to six jars
  • Ribbons are also made in the USA and colors include red, silver, teal and mixed
  • Gift tags are either embossed prints of birds or holiday stickers

How can I order?

Visit Aunt Becky’s Etsy Shop and place your order. You can select your gift bag size and ribbon and gift tag colors or styles when you place your order. Your payment will be required at the time of the order.

How do I get the discount?

If you order 5 to 9 jars, enter coupon code “5JARS” when you check out. If you order 10 or more jars, enter coupon code “10JARS” when you check out.

When can I order?

You can order any time between October 1st and October 31st.

When will I receive my order?

With large bulk orders, I will make every effort to fill your order within 3 business days. However, with large bulk orders, I may need additional time. I will guarantee to ship your order no longer than 10 business days from receipt.

How will I get my order?

If you don’t live in the Portland area, your order will be shipped via USPS two day priority mail. You will receive a notification and tracking number when your order is shipped. If you live in the Portland area and don’t want to pay for shipping, you can place your order and select Portland Delivery shipping method. Aunt Becky’s will coordinate a centrally located time and place to meet for delivery (usually at Starbucks).

Why is Aunt Becky’s holding a sale now?

My goal is for my customers to be happy and get the jam the need want. With several large craft shows and holiday bazaars in November and December, I’m hard at work making jam for the upcoming holiday season. Certain flavors are in limited supply and will most likely sell out before the beginning of December.

What if I have questions?

You can send an email to auntbeckys@gmail.com if you have detailed questions before you place your order.

P.S. Let me assure you that I am not promoting early Christmas decorations! That’s not how I roll. I’m more of a celebrate each day as it arrives.

Autumn Events Announced

Aunt Becky’s is happy to announce more opportunities to sample and shop! Aunt Becky will be at the Cedar Mill Farmers’ Market for most of September and October. Craft shows and holiday bazaars will continue to provide opportunities for sampling and shopping in November and December.

Although September has just started, the holiday season is right around the corner. Consider pre-ordering gift bags for friends and family. Jam is a perfect gift for almost everyone on your list. Gift bags, tags and ribbons are included free with purchase.




Cedar Mill Farmers Market

  • Saturdays from 8am to 1pm (see Dates below)
  • 13565 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR
  • Directions and more information Cedar Mill Farmers Market


  • September 12th
  • September 19th
  • September 26th
  • October 3rd
  • October 10th
  • October 24th
  • October 31st

Dennis’ 7 Dees Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fairs

Powell Blvd Location

  • November 7th from 10am to 2pm
  • 6025 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR

Lake Oswego Location

  • November 8th from 10am to 2pm
  • 1090 McVey Ave, Lake Oswego, OR

Beaverton High School Holiday Bazaar

Etsy Shop

If you don’t live nearby, you can get your hands on a jar or two at Aunt Becky’s Etsy Shop .

And the Winner of the Fruit Butters Grand Prize Package Is…

And the Winner of the Fruit Butters Grand Prize Package Is Maria B! Congratulations Maria.

I will message you privately to deliver your prize. Maria won by following Aunt Becky’s on Twitter. Congratulations to all the winners of the Jam-iversary celebration prizes!

Maria’s Prize is…

  • Aunt Becky’s Summer Apple Butter
  • Aunt Becky’s Roasted Italian Plum Butter


  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix = made in Oregon and delicious warm from the oven spread with Aunt Becky’s Summer Apple Butter
  • Commercial Bakeware Loaf Pan = Xylan nonstick quick release and PTFE and PFOA free
  • “Love and Cook with Abandon” hot pad



Grand Prize Winner to be Announced…

Do you ever have the feeling that you’re forgetting something, but you can’t remember what it is? Monday evening, I spent two glorious hours in my garden. I weeded, dead-headed roses and cleaned up flower beds that have been neglected. I had a feeling I was forgetting something, but I couldn’t figure it out. This morning, I finally remembered. I forgot to select and announce a grand prize winner for the final Jam-iversary prize. Oops. I will select the winner this evening and announce tomorrow morning.

Fruit Butters Grand Prize Package for August 30th

Share, Like, and Comment on Facebook, Twitter, Etsy and WordPress for more entries to win! Details for entering are below.

Fruit Butters Grand Prize Package for August 30th

  • Aunt Becky’s Summer Apple Butter
  • Aunt Becky’s Roasted Italian Plum Butter


  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix = made in Oregon and delicious warm from the oven spread with Aunt Becky’s Summer Apple Butter
  • Commercial Bakeware Loaf Pan = Xylan nonstick quick release and PTFE and PFOA free
  • “Love and Cook with Abandon” hot pad

 (As a side-note, I’m not being paid to promote any of the products mentioned.)

Because I love giving away prizes, I will be increasing your chances to win! Aunt Becky will be celebrating a two year Jam-iversary the entire month of August. The celebration will include prizes and give-aways.

How to Enter

There are several ways you can enter to win via social media. You can get one entry to win for each time you:


  • Like Aunt Becky’s on Facebook
  • Comment on Aunt Becky’s Facebook page
  • Add a photo on Aunt Becky’s Facebook page
  • Share a post from Aunt Becky’s Facebook page


  • Make Aunt Becky’s Shop one of your favorites on Etsy
  • Write a review of one of Aunt Becky’s products on Etsy
  • Purchase a jar on Etsy


  • Follow Aunt Becky’s WordPress blog
  • Comment to one of Aunt Becky’s WordPress blog posts


  • Follow Aunt Becky’s on Twitter
  • Comment on a tweet from Aunt becky
  • Retweet a post from Aunt Becky

Tualatin Farmers’ Market & In Person

  • Purchase a jar at the Tualatin Farmers’ Market or in person

The Rules

In case you forgot, I’m a CPA for my day job. Just like the auditors for the Academy Awards, I take the prizes and contest rules very seriously. So here goes.

  • If you already Like, Follow, Favorite, etc. you are already have one entry!
  • Prizes will be awarded at least weekly and names will be selected using (nerd alert) a random number generator in Excel. Trust me when I say, I love this stuff!
  • Immediate family members and their families are not eligible to win. For example, no prizes for my sister Heather, my brother-in-law Scott or his immediate family, my cousin Susanna or her family, etc. Sorry Nana and Papa, you’re off the list too. Last but not least, my boyfriend John and his family is also not eligible. If you fit in this category, you can still like, share, post, comment and share with your friends.
  • If you win a prize, you will be notified and must reply within 5 business days. After 5 business days, I will draw another name from the pool of names eligible on the day you originally won.
  • If you live in the Portland area, I will coordinate with you for in person delivery. If you don’t live in the Portland area, I will ship your product for fee. You will be given the option to order other jars on Etsy to be shipped with your prize.
  • The drawing will take place after 7pm PST on August 30th. The winner will be announced on August 31st.

Good luck!