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Thank you, thankyouverymuch

26 Sep

I tried to type that in my best Elvis accent.

 

I finally got off my keister and made the canned goods I planned to make!  My two recipes yielded 4 jars of Pickled Squash and 5 of Pear Honey.  If you remember, the pear honey made it into the county fair back in 2012 and sold for $70.  Not Texas State Fair worthy, mind you, but a start for someone who had only been canning/preserving for less than a month!

Anyway, it’s been one of the most popular amongst my friends and was a natural choice when deciding what I wanted to give away as thank you gifts.  The second choice seemed the least time-intensive of most of the pickle recipes and I had yet to conquer the pickle realm.

 

And so, I give you…my goods!

photo(5)Yeah, I know, not the best photo…but it will have to do.  The squash was surprisingly easy to make and I did it first since it took the longest.  You can find the pear honey post here.  I’ll share the pickles recipe because I think canning/preserving is a lost art (though there are many who still do it) and it it easy to do.  You need no special canning equipment other than pots and pans!

 

Pickled Squash

  • 8 Cups sliced squash (think pickle chips)
  • 2 TBSP salt
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 bell peppers (green or red give the best colors)
  • 2 tsp mustard seed

Sprinkle squash with salt and let stand one hour.  Except for the squash, mix everything else and bring to a boil.  Drain water off squash; add to boiling liquid.  Bring to boil again and cook an additional minute.  Then put in jars and seal.  Yield: 5 pints.

Grandma’s Notes: 10/1/99- 52 degrees at 8:45; walked to Lance’s driveway and back.  The four-o’clocks are so pretty since the rain.  10/3/99- Zach came; visited and talked about some of his future plans.  Crocheted, read, and picked up pecans.  I BRING MY LIFE TO YOU LORD BECAUSE I KNOW WHATEVER IS WRONG IN IT, YOU CAN FIX IT, AND I WILL BE WHOLE AGAIN.

 

I just realized that the above journal entries are almost right back where I needed them for the time of year.  I guess I planned that just right.

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Gotta Get Movin’

9 Sep

Just a quick post as time seems to have quickly flown since we found out we are going to be welcoming our second child in just under 8 weeks (give or take)!  My plan is to make a few of my recipes as “thank you” gifts for upcoming showers and gatherings.

If you want to know what I’m planning on making, there are two recipes I have in mind:
1) Pear Honey and
2) Pickled Squash (a new one for me!)

 

The pear honey, you may recall, didn’t win at the county fair in 2012, but it did sell for $70 in the 4H auction.  Not too bad for a rookie!  I’m looking forward to making the pickles too.  I’ve not yet ventured into the “pickling” realm, but the recipe isn’t too difficult looking.

 

I hope to post some pictures and entries as I make these things.  It should be within the next week or two.

Pear Honey

31 Dec

Let me just say how awesome the trips to the stores were today!  Knowing that I was embarking on unmarked territory in the Horton-Miller kitchen was the coolest feeling ever.  I even looked forward to driving to the south end of the county in order to get canning jars.  No, Walmart doesn’t have them (they are seasonal here), Hobby Lobby is a solid 45 minutes away, and I enjoy going to Ace Hardware.  In fact, I had not been to one since moving from Texas!

So…about the shopping…When I picked out my Ball jars, I knew that many of the future recipes call for quart sized ones.  So, that’s what I got today.  Although, in retrospect, I should have opted for the pint or jam/jelly jars to spread this recipe out farther.  No biggie.  You live and you learn.  As for the produce and other ingredients, I chose to get them at Publix because of the variety and freshness.

Pretty, huh?  As the process progressed, the concoction became a beautiful amber-honey color.  From left to right you see the raw ingredients, pears and pineapple with lime zest, sugar added, & on the heat

Oh, and as a side note, to the novice canners of the world: I made the mistake of sterilizing my jars in the dishwasher and not timing the cooking and drying very well.  So, I had to call for reinforcements to come get the jars out, just as they were going into the “dry” cycle of the dishwasher.  No biggie though, hubby grabbed the jars and put them on the counter (on a towel) and I poured, very carefully, the hot liquid into a 4-cup Measuring cup and then into the jars.

I ended up with 2 1/2 quarts of THIS:

I’m thinking about finding a recipe for some good, old-fashioned biscuits to pour this over…perhaps some vanilla bean ice cream instead.  All I know is that come January 1st (the date of the recipe)…someone is going to have something yummy in their tummy!  Stay tuned for the accompanying recipe for New Year’s Day!