Monday, May 18, 2009

In a pickle.......

As any good cook, baker, barista, canner, or pickler knows, you have to have a secret ingredient in your recipe to make it unique and uber-delicious. Here's mine.

Pickles (from both cucumbers or squash)
1. Start out with an abundance of vegetable
2. Heat some pickling spice, vinegar, dill, garlic
3. heat jars, either with a canner or the old fashioned way
4. combine ingredients
5. seal, allow to sit on shelf and "pickle" for 4 - 6 weeks
6. open, enjoy!

Strawberry preserves
1. start with fresh picked (washed) strawberries
2. cook mashed berries with pectin, sugar
3. heat jars
4. pour cooked preserves into jar
5. seal
6. when ready, open and enjoy

Blueberry syrup
1. begin with fresh picked, washed, mashed, ripe blueberries
2. cook syrup ingredients, sugar, water lemon juice, high tech stuff here....
3. cook blueberry ingredients, blueberries and water, imagine
4. drain blueberry ingredients through a cheesecloth (impressed aren't ya?)
5. combine ingredients, cook
6. heat jars
7. pour syrup into jars, seal.
8. when ready to use, open and enjoy.

Really, these recipes are nothing special, there are no secret ingredients here, you can find them on the Internet.....So, what makes my so special you ask? Here goes...........................

For picking, taste testing and general helping.............

For growing, having a green thumb, loving it and just plain being way too cute.......
and the big guns who helps with all of it, the growing, picking, canning, taste testing, recipe ad libbing, cheeseclothing, clean-up and encouraging.........................

You guys are the greatest.............I am proud to be your mommy and wife! I love you......

p.s. if the final products don't taste great, well, they helped with that too :)


momof4sweetsisters said...

Hey, I thought you might need a bit more than you had told me about...Next time.

We did buy some plants about 10 years ago! They didn't make it through the 1st year. We got 3 green berries. That was way back when they 1st were selling hybrids for FL.

We were thinking about putting them in and pulling out my hedges in the front. But I'm not sure now that we've been out to the Farm and seen what they need. I may consider putting some in the backyard somewhere. Next year, at the earliest.

I am, however looking at some dwarf apple trees that do really well in our climate. Just in the research stage right now. I've always wanted apple trees!

Octamom said...

I'm so impressed! I've not entered the culinary world of home canning--but you're inspiring me to give it a try!


momof4sweetsisters said...

Hey I've found thame at Publix, Walmart and Albros. But not all of the store carry them ie. only some Pub. & Wal.

I've been doing some major exercises which seem to help more days than not. I'm going to do water aerobics to get some strength and endurance back. I'm sooooo weak!