Last year, I canned a lot of tomato paste. While we do use a lot of tomato paste, I didn’t want to make so much paste this year. I was trying to figure out what I could do with all of this tomato pulp. Then it hit me, we use a lot of pizza sauce, why not try pizza sauce. So that’s what I decided to do, make a batch of pizza sauce.
Pizza sauce ingredients
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp dried basil
- 1 1/2 Tbsp dry oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup lemon juice Continue reading
In my quest to find more ways to make use of the tomatoes I’m harvesting, I decided to can some barbecue sauce. We don’t use all that much barbecue sauce, but probably go through 4 or 5 bottles a year. So as with other stuff, I dug around the Internet and put together a recipe by mixing and matching what I had on hand. Continue reading
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