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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pick, Wash, Peel, Chop, It's Canning Time!

Well, when the garden is ready for harvest...it is ready! Everything else gets planned around picking all those yummy veggies.
Today's harvest...
Green Beans, Carrots, Broccoli and Cucumbers. Potatoes are ready too, so we've been digging a few of those at a time for fresh fried taters for dinner. I'll be canning a bunch of those soon as well.

After a cooler than normal Spring and a slow start growing, I'm happy to say that the garden is finally ready for harvest.

A dozen and half jars of green beans today with more to come soon.

A dozen and a half jars of gorgeous carrots.
These are waiting their turn in the canner!

These gorgeous cukes will become a batch or two of Sweet Pickle Relish.
The recipe below is one of my favorites.

Yields a single batch of about 8 half-pints
1 quart chopped cucumbers (about 4 medium size)
2 cups chopped onions (about 2 medium size)
1 cup chopped sweet green pepper (about 1 medium size)
1 cup chopped sweet red pepper (about 1 medium size)
1/4 cup salt
3-1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
2 cups cider vinegar

Combine cucumbers, onions, green and red peppers in a large bowl; sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water. Let stand 2 hours. Drain, rinse and drain again thoroughly. Combine sugar, spices and vinegar in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil. Add drained vegetables; simmer 10 minutes. Pack hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps. Process filled jars 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath canner.

...and last but not least these nice little heads of broccoli
will be part of dinner tonight.

There is something very satisfying about having a garden and going out to pick fresh veggies daily either for a meal or to preserve for use later.

I know everything about where these delicious morsels came from and how they have been handled. With the things you hear in the news about problems and recalls of foods available at the grocery store...I enjoy the piece of mind knowing my produce is safe and fresh.

And I'm all about making the least amount of trips to the grocery store as possible. Easier on the budget and there are more fun things to do!

How does gardening and food preserving benefit your family?

I would love to hear about it, please do share!

Have a great day!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Busy Summer Equals Short Hiatus

I know I have been slightly missing in action lately...the busy summer days have ended up in me taking a slight hiatus from blogging.

Between my daugther's 4H Club, keeping up with the garden and now canning all of the goodies coming out of the garden, hanging out around the computer hasn't happened for sometime.

My dear hubby almost has my workspace finished up in the workshop (stay tuned for pictures) so it won't be long now and I can get back to work on creating fun things out of my latest junk-a-licious finds and share pictures of all of the glorious bounty coming out of the garden.

Have a great day....until then :)