I was visiting with a neighbor the other day while the "menfolk" tried to round up some wayward, well actually escaped, cows and calves. My neighbor was telling me her sister was at her nephew's for the day to help them "put up" some jam.
Don't you think it sounds rather quaint? Putting up.... so much more fun than just "canning" jam. I like the idea of putting up some home grown and home canned jars up on my shelves each year. There's a real feeling of accomplishment when you see jar after jar of your own work.
And what about that goodness from the garden this year, its included relish, pickles, jams, tomato sauce and just plain veggies.
There's refrigerator pickles, both dill and the bread & butter style. Made in my big, IKEA jars... purchased last summer for just this reason.
I tried canning pickles but I really like the crispier pickles that I get from a good refrigerator recipe. And they're so easy, no jars to seal! No hot water bath steaming up the kitchen.
And speaking of cucumbers... well I may have missed a few while picking some for pickles... for the ones that got a teensy bit too big?
Well, relish was the answer. Dill relish of course.
And one evening while I was off in August my son brought home 25 or so pounds of blueberries. Some went in the freezer whole and ready for use this winter...
and a few made up a batch of blueberry jam.
Plain green beans... no real excitement here.... but I didn't want to leave them out of the line up.
And all of my tomatoes? Sauce of course. "Lots o lots o sauce"!
I think this year my bumper crop may even yield some ketchup... I've been wanting to try a recipe for a while now.
Next up is the pears...
Although, these may not make it... since they'll all have been eaten my a certain someone....
Come December, I'll be sharing the fruits of all my labor.
Looking forward to a warm and wonderful weekend... and soon to be, a full "put up" pantry.
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