My Grandma was the State Champion canner for a number of years. I remember as a young kid looking at all the jars of canned fruit and vegetables in her root cellar. Each peach was carefully and perfectly placed in the old Ball jars and sealed,
Have a small garden this year which has been prolific – so I have lots more tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and other produce than I can consume alone. The solution? Can that for winter use. I am feeling a bit connected with the old folks who lived in the country and did this to survive.
First canned tomatoes –
Have a boatload of Goliath and Large Tomatoes. Love just slicing them thin with a little salt. pepper, and sugar, a drop of two of Balsamic vinegar, and topping them off with Mozzrella and a leaf of basil. Or even skipping the mozzarella and basil. Hey ! Summer doesn’t get much better than this!
Next – Salsa! Now my Salsa isn’t red because the base is made of Yellow Pear Tomatoes and Red Cherry Tomatoes. It is a killer sauce. Going for round 2 this weekend adding a few more fresh spices I’ve gotten my hands on.
Next – Sweet Pickle Relish! I have 2 Cucumber plants making 2-3 Cucumbers a day. So first the sweet, and then the Dill.
Next – Pattypan (White) Squash, Pickled with Jalapeno pepper…First try at this, so the veggies are a bit loose. Harvested 10 more of the squash yesterday, next go is to layer them more neatly.
My Garden is in two parts – Here is part of the Deck Garden –
Here is the one in the “Back 40” about 5 weeks ago – And yes, I built the Trellis from scrap wood I had laying around.
Anybody else like to garden and cook?
July 28, 2017 at 11:58 PM
My grandmother gardened. I preferred baking. I also managed to pick up some fishing and textile (loom, knitting, crochet) skills from her, too. But haven’t had too much much use for them since she passed, as I rarely get fresh fish now.
Pretty much the only skills I’m using on the regular are the textile skills.
Don’t know much about canning, so I think that’s gonna be my next thing to learn.
The tomato sauce, and pickle relish look great, btw!
July 29, 2017 at 5:16 PM
One of my daughter’s Scout friend’s mom was a weaver. She had a loom in her home and made a living at it. She did some awesome work in both wall hangings, as well as specialty fabric.
Living on the OCean I fish regularly. Flounder, bluefish, striper, croaker, and spot basically out my door. Have to Charter to go deep sea for Tuna and Mahi Mahi though which gets a bit expensive.
And thank you for the compliment.
D W Jazzlover
July 29, 2017 at 2:44 AM
You brought back memories of my grandmother and those taste..