I could have probably stopped in to write you once or twice this week.
It would have been the same thing every day. I blanched this, peeled that, pickled those and put them in a jar. Hot water bathed them all and listened to the pop-pop-pop of the jars sealing after I plucked them from the bubbling water. Hours upon hours worth of it. Every day. For the past two weeks. I think I have an addiction…
I'm not really cool enough to be a canning blog. (But Marisa sure is if you're looking for one) My canned pantry is expanding though, and I've had to buy jars three times in the last ten days. Also, why oh why is it impossible to find those simple half pint wide mouth jars. Can. Not. Locate. And I refuse to pay Amazon two bucks a piece for them. The wide mouth are my favorite because they are so freaking practical. Easy to clean & stable when stacked several high. Back to the food part though….
In the last few days I have made :
peach lavender jam
spicy dilled beans
spicy basil pickled eggplant
spicy curry pickled carrots
wild grape jam (which I'll show you pictures of soon. wanna be canning blog lady that I am)
With the excpetion of the raspberries that I got on sale at the grocery store, everything else was local. This makes me geek out with happiness. Quite by accident, all my recent recipes have come from Tart & Sweet (pictured) it's a good one. I just picked up Food in Jars from the library and I adore it. I have pear butter cooking in the crock-pot right now. Yum!
Do you have a favorite canning blog or book? Do share, I'd love to check it out.
Off to start (yet another) hot water bath….
ps – thank you for the sweet words on my last post. my do they grow quickly…..