I found this milk jar carrier at an antique mall and it works perfect for carrying my canning jars to the basement. I leave it on top of my fridge and when it's full it's time for a trip down to the shelves in the basement. You can have tin cans and plastic containers to deal with after you open your food or you can have re-useable glass canning jars. Less in the recycling/garbage bins.
Even though there is a blizzard outside it's nice to enjoy some plum jam made in better weather. The hot cocoa is a nice treat with the blizzard howling at the windows.
I finished my pickle relish today. Here is the recipe that I used. I got this about 20 years ago from a friend who was in her 70's at the time. Thanks Helen!
Homemade Pickle Relish Recipe
6 lbs of pickling cucumbers abt 3 quarts chopped finely
6 medium peppers chopped fine: 3 red and 3 green
6 medium onions chopped fine
Helen used to put in 1 jar pimento chopped fine. I did not
I added a few yellow banana peppers chopped fine
Mix with 2 quarts boiling water and 1/2 cup canning or pickling salt. Let stand for 2 hours. Drain. Make Syrup.
1 pint vinegar
5 cups sugar
1 tbs cornstarch
1 tbs mustard seed
1 tbs celery seed
1 tbs turmeric
Pour syrup over vegetables and simmer for 30 minutes. Can. Water bath pints 15 minutes. Makes 8 pints.
Tonight I canned vegetable soup. A neighbor told me how she has done hers for years (she's in her 70's) so I tried it last year and we loved it.
You can put whatever kind of veggies in the quantities you want. I used green beans, carrots, onion, zucchini, tomatoes, green peppers, garlic, parsley.
I put everything in a pan and covered it with water and boiled it for about 5 minutes. Then sealed it in quart jars at 10 lbs pressure for 15 minutes.
Canning this soup is a real time saver. I just open it up pour it in a pan, add a jar of beef, add noodles, or barley or rice or whatever I want and it's done in a few minutes.
Not bad for a night's work! 21 quarts of soup and 10 pints of sweet pickles and 7 more quarts of green beans.
OK so I hate waste. I admit it:) Here's an experiment I thought I'd try. Dehydrating beet stems and leaves to use later as vitamin supplements in soups, stews, roasts, etc. Anyone else tried this? I'd love to hear how it turned out and how you used them in your cooking.
I just cut them off the beet, rinsed them and laid them in my dehydrator.
I'll keep posted.
My in-laws snagged me some sweet corn. Thanks gma and gpa:)
What I found out...it takes about 4 ears of corn to fill a quart jar if loosely packed.
As I am blogging my corn is in the pressure canner doing its thing.
I never plant corn in my garden because it takes too much space for the yield. So it's a special treat to get some to put away.
I grow my herbs on the deck in pots. Cut, rinse and lay them in the dehydrator. I have a 5 tier dehydrator that works great and gets a lot done at one time.
Parsley almost done. Another day maybe. Timing depends on the humidity sometimes.
After they are completely dehydrated, I store my herbs in glass jars in my hoosier cabinet where the sun isn't on them.
Here are green onion and red peppers.
Black raspberries are ready to harvest. Thanks to a generous friend of my mother-in-law I'll be making jam and pancake syrup. Thank you Yoder family for sharing:)
It took 4 of us about 1 1/2 hours fill a gallon bucket. Lots of mosquitoes and spiders. But yum yum yum!
Finally black raspberry jam and syrup. I filled 14 half pint jars out of the berries we picked.
We are lucky to have a vendor who drives peaches up from Missouri and sits in the hot sun all day. Great peaches at a great price. The year before last I didn't have my money with me and he told me to stop the next week and pay him and let me take the peaches home. A great example of how people should treat each other. Simple and honest.....and yes, I did pay him the next week and actually bought more from him.
Peaches chopped, peeled and ready to be made into baby food and peach jam.
And here it is all done. 8 pints and 7 half pint jars ready to store in the basement grocery store.
Here is the finished product. Three coats of poly yesterday, ending at 11:30pm. I was probably high from the fumes...slept great.
Now on to baseboards and crown moulding.
In the 6 years we have lived in this house we have made the following improvements: electrical updates, plumbing updated except what is visible in the basement, 3 new ceilings, bathroom redo and painting in 6 rooms. And now, hardwood floors on the main level.
Projects left to complete: baseboards and crown moulding, construct pantry and main level bathroom redo. Then we will head upstairs to the bedrooms and see what there is to do.
I grew up and have lived in Iowa until recently when I moved to a small town in Illinois to begin a new chapter in my life which includes a loving supportive husband and numerous grandchildren to spoil. I have three beautiful daughters and a Miniature Schnauzer. I'm interested in anything that supports healthy families and healthy lifestyles.
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