The canning season begins. . .

I spent the last few days of my summer vacation canning. I had all this zucchini, and all these cucumbers, and it just kills me to see any of that wonderful local produce go to waste. So, I canned.

I tried some new things, in fact, that I’d never done before.

I made the typical dill pickles (I had picked up some of those tiny little pickling cukes from the farmers market the week before, because of course, I needed to have MORE produce to have to take care of). :)

I made zucchini pickles–it’s a recipe that’s got lots of ground and whole cumin in it, so I’m guessing they will go well with Indian food.  I haven’t tried them yet, but I hope they’re good, because I’ve got about nine jars.

I made my “usual” bread and butter pickles–a very easy recipe and always dependable.

Then I made relish–but with zucchini instead of cucumbers (I had a recipe that actually called for zucchini and green pepper). It tastes like regular pickle relish–pretty good. :)

Then I did something crazy; I made mustard. Yep. Mustard, which is so cheap you can buy it by the quart. But if I can can something, I’m happy. So I tried these two new recipes (new to me, anyway) for mustard: Spicy Honey Mustard, and Grainy White Wine Mustard. I haven’t dared to try them yet, but I may have to break them out this weekend at the lake and give them a shot.

In any case, it was lots of fun. I haven’t canned anything in quarter-pint jars in a long time! And it’s always so fulfilling, for some reason, to see those canned goods stack up. This is just the beginning, I’m sure, of a long and happy canning season. :)

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2 Responses to The canning season begins. . .

  1. Kathi says:

    Very nice. There is no way your family can consume all of your canning items, do you give them away as gifts? The mustard would be a fun gift to give with some bratwurst or some good hot dogs.

    • Sandi says:

      You are so right! We give a lot of them away as gifts, and just to friends and family. I also end up putting together a few baskets of canned goods for our Kiwanis silent auction every fall and the church silent auction in January. They seem to be fairly popular–it seems like most people don’t can anymore. And it’s always fun to share them! :)

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