Last week, I pulled up the last of the green beans. I decided that I wanted to try pickling some of these beans. So I dug out the recipe for Dilly Beans and made up a batch. These are a lot like dill pickles, but with beans. They are very easy to make.
- ~2 pounds green beans
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flake per jar
- 1 tsp dill seed per jar
- 1 clove garlic per jar
- 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup pickling salt Continue reading
After having success making the bread and butter pickles, my wife asked me to try making some dill pickles. I did some searching and came across a recipe that looked like I would like on the Food In Jars blog. What I really liked about this recipe is that there aren’t hard measurements. The spices are handled 1 jar at a time. This makes it easy to scale up or down. So, here’s my first attempt at garlic dill pickles.
Dill pickle ingredients
- 4 cups apple cider vinegar
- 4 cups water
- 5 Tbsp pickling salt
- 2 cloves garlic per jar
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper per jar
- 1 tsp dill seed per jar
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns per jar Continue reading
The other day, my wife picked up a watermelon at the farm stand. I’m not a huge fan of watermelon, but my wife and daughter love it. They ate about half of it and now it is all but forgotten in the beer fridge.
When I was making the corn cob jelly, my daughter asked if I could make watermelon jelly. I had never heard of it, so decided to look it up. Of course I found several recipes for it. After looking at a bunch of them, I found that it is just like most other jelly recipes. It is just fruit juice, sugar and pectin. So here’s my description of how to make watermelon jelly. Sorry there aren’t many pictures, I think my camera is going up. Continue reading
Last week, I posted about how to freeze corn. After cutting all that corn off of the cob, I was left with a bunch of corn cobs. That sure seemed like a lot of waste, so searched the Internet to see if there was something I could make out of them. Of course, I found suggestions of making corn cob pipes or feeding them to the animals to get the last of the corn off of the cob. But I recalled hearing about corn cob jelly. So I did some searching and found a couple of recipes. Continue reading
6 dozen ears
As a rule, I don’t grow corn. For me, it just doesn’t pay off. Each corn-stalk produces just a couple of ears. Corn has to be planted in blocks. Corn is a heavy feeder. In season, sweet corn is pretty cheap. So I choose to use my valuable garden space to grow other stuff. But we like to freeze corn for use over the winter. That means we have to hit the farm stands. Last weekend, my wife stopped at the farm stand up the road and bought 6 dozen ears of corn, we counted it and there were 80 ears total. Today I’ll talk about how we go about freezing corn for future use. Continue reading
As regular readers know, I have several beds of green beans planted. They are producing fairly well, but I don’t have enough plants to can all the beans we need for the year. So like last year, I have to buy some green beans this year.
A bushel of green beans
My wife took my son to the welcome back day. On the way home, she stopped at the farm stand down the street. We know our farmer and know that she doesn’t spray constantly. She does spray, but not a lot. My wife came home with a bushel of green beans and plans for me to can these over the weekend. My daughter and wife Continue reading
Typically I don’t have a lot of luck with cucumbers. I usually grow just a couple of cucumbers, but they are partially pollinated. They end up as a ball with a tiny tip on them. This year I have the start of a good crop. There aren’t a lot of cucumbers yet, but they look great. My wife asked me to make some bread & butter pickles since they are her favorite pickles. I made this recipe a couple of years ago and she loved them. So this is how I make bread & butter pickles.
- 3 1/2 pounds cucumbers
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp canning salt
- 1 tsp celery seed
- 1 Tbsp mustard seed
- 1 1/2 Tbsp pickling spice Continue reading