Posts Tagged ‘canning’

Cucumber Relish

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

We canned cucumber relish using the recipe in the Ball Blue Book, and it is quite, quite, quite delicious.  The only part we changed is that we used part apple cider vinegar and part white vinegar.  The process was great too, because you do the prep work on day one, let it sit, and do the canning on day two.  It’s broken down into enough steps that it doesn’t seem like as much work.

And we discovered- believe it or not- peanut butter and relish sandwiches are incredible.

Apricot Jam

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The food preservation has already begun!  We canned 10 1/2 pints of apricot jam, froze 7ish pounds of apricot halves, and are making more jam in the next day or two.  The apricots came from West Orchards out of Macon, MO.  We got to go pick apricots with one of the owners, Dan West, and had a wonderful time talking with him and getting to know another great food producer in the area.  We highly recommend going out to see their orchard and eat their delicious fruit!

Dan also told us about some projects he’s researching like a parabolic solar still for fermenting and distilling the fallen fruit to produce ethanol that powers his mowers and machinery.  Very interesting, amazing stuff happening!

You can visit them online at http://www.west-orchards.com/