Summer Lovin’

Yes, summer lovin’! I love the sunshine, the activities that come with summer time, and of course the fresh fruit and veggies that are so abundant around here at this time of year. I must admit, I do have a slight addiction to canning and mason jars! I guess it’s not a dangerous type of addiction that can cause harm, so I am safe!

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love my sign from Typo shop in Australia!

Currently I have 30 pounds of cabbage fermenting for another 5-6 weeks to make my own sauerkraut as well. I haven’t tried it before, so I am curious how it will turn out. This morning I came across a recipe for Peach Pie Moonshine, so it has me thinking I should try this next, along with some more mustards and a Siracha sauce of my own. We have an abundance of peppers growing in our yard and I will make use of them!

Here I wanted to share a couple of my canned goods from the past couple of weeks.

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Some yummy mediterranean style mushrooms, pickled beets, cranberry siracha pepper jelly and blackberry jelly!

Here is a little glimpse of some of the stock downstairs!

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Zucchini and Salsa you say…..

I must admit when I first tried my old neighbours salsa many years ago, I thought she was from another planet when she said the main ingredient was zucchini! Zucchini in a salsa, well that’s just nonsense to some! Well after the first mouthful, I was addicted.

It did take me quite some time to convince her to give me the recipe, as she had said it was a ‘family secret recipe’. I remember making it for the first time and thinking how on earth does this make a salsa, and a tomato flavoured one too.

This recipe I have now shared with friends, who too are addicted to it, and only can this one item every season. We use this salsa on with chips, on eggs, potatoes, crackers and I am sure other things. This is a staple on my canning shelves, and every year I at least triple the recipe to get us through to the next season.

With modern technology, it’s funny, this recipe is on the internet, and I am sure it did not originate with her little family!!

So for you all, here is the link from Food.com, I highly highly recommend this salsa!!!!

I would love to hear about your ‘secret family recipes’!

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One can adjust the heat by adding jalapeños. I typically add 2-3 per batch, as well sometimes will put in some corn.

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Sweet & Spicy in the Kitchen!

Does Sweet & Spicy in the kitchen come to mind when you think of the word cowboy? How about Cowboy Candy!

My husband planted jalapeño plants this year, and to my surprise it has just thrived in our backyard. I was baffled as to what I was going to do with all these peppers. With canning constantly on my mind, I thought there must be something I can do with jalapeños.  After not much searching, I came across Cowboy candy, and heck, if it has the word ‘cowboy’ in it, I am SOLD! Ahhhh a cowboy….sorry back to the topic here, sweet & spicy.

I tend to go a little overboard when creating some dishes, for example I think 10 lbs of potatoes are needed for a family of 4 for a mashed potato dinner for one night. The jalapeños were no different, I need more! I called around to some local ‘homegrown’ veggie shacks and hit the jackpot at this little well established farm in the neighbouring community, called Wong’s.  I had a 20 lb box of jalapeños plus ours from the plants of my hubby’s. It was now time to get down to business. First and foremost, I needed a pair of latex gloves for this job, as I know from watching others, your hands with BURN if you are slicing multiples.

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With my recipe in hand from Old World Garden Farms I was ready! I knew from the moment I had started chopping that I should have purchased the Kitchen Aid 13 cup food processor for all the chopping, that I had been so mesmerized with on the shopping channel!

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During the process of boiling the liquid, I was a bit concerned with the colour, but not to worry if you do make this recipe, it works out, and does not stay orange, your jars will look beautiful.

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All jars sealed, which is always music to my ears. The delight it brings me when this happens! And the smile in my heart to see my shelves being filled with the preserves from my kitchen. I just love doing this with my daughter, as she takes what she learns to can for her husband in the future.

I cannot wait to try this sweet and spicy treat on burgers, dogs, crackers and cheese, in chili’s and whatever else I can find!

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