Here is a great salsa recipe I found recently. It comes from a website called www.skinnytaste.com. The "chef" Gina has a lot of excellent diet friendly recipes! I would recommend only using 1/4 to 1/2 jalapeno instead of a whole one and make sure you remove all of the seeds. You could probably even omit the jalapeno all together if you want it super mild. It is a great base though. I made it super hot the first time, I'm very much a newbie at making salsa! lol Ended up giving it to my friend for her hubby who loves the hot stuff! lol But, the base flavor was excellent so I knew I just needed to cut out a bunch of the jalapeno to have a great salsa. Good luck! I plan to can a bunch once my tomatoes start growing too!
I will be doing a lot of canning once our garden starts producing. After the last year of hard times it has really hit me hard to be as prepared as possible for anything and this is something I can do pretty easily, and cheap since we will have our own garden this year. It may not be as nutritious as fresh, or even frozen but, I feel it is safer than anything I would buy at the store and if it gets my family eating more fruits and veggies it is better than nothing :) Besides, it gives a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that my family can be taken care of no matter what, and I don't have the freezer space for as much as I plan on preserving. I have been freezing fresh fruits though. Every time strawberries, bananas, pineapple, oranges, etc. go cheap I buy twice as much as we will eat that week and freeze half. Of course, it tends to go somewhat quickly for smoothies now that summer is here! lol My biggest project will be tomato sauce, specifically my Great Aunt's pasta sauce. I miss her and her cooking tremendously and plan to perfect her sauce (she left a very vague recipe behind) and then can a ton of it for us and for family to remember her by :)
I've never heard the term "putting up". If it means canning I would advise against it. By the time you have cooked/heated everything and put it into jars most of your beneficial nutrients are gone. I haven't eaten canned fruits and veggies in years. I just can't stand the taste and there is no crunch to it. I would recommend freezing and getting a large food dehydrator for preserving your harvest. Another tasty option for winter is sprouting. Grains and seeds are very easy to store to keep on hand. Birgit
(CAPS FOR VI) WHERE I WAS RAISED "PUTTING UP" WAS A TERM EVERYONE USED! I ADMIT, I STILL USE IT! I AGREE, I LOVE THE FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU'VE GOT FOOD "PUT UP" FOR THE WINTER. I FEEL SAFER WHEN I'VE DONE THAT. AND I LOVE TO MAKE QUILTS SO I KNOW I'LL BE WARM IN THE WINTER. MY KIDS ALL THINK I WORK TOO HARD BUT THEY HAVEN'T HAD TO DO WITH-OUT LIKE I DID AS A CHILD. IF I CAN PREPARE & BE READY FOR A HARD TIME THEN I JUST FEEL SAFER. THIS YEAR (IF THE GARDEN DOES WELL) WE INTEND TO CAN A LOT. THERE'S JUST THE TWO OF US BUT STILL, WE NEED TO SAVE ON THE GROCERY BILL! WE'VE MADE A LARGER STRAWBERRY BED & A NEW RASBERRY BED. DIDN'T KNOW NOT TO PLANT THEM NEXT TO THE BLACKBERRY BED! DH TOOK 2 CATTLE PANELS (SISE BY SIDE) & MADE A ARBOR FOR THE BLACKBERRYS TO GROW UP & OVER. HE TOOK 3 CATTLE PANELS (SIDE BY SIDE) & MADE A GRAPE ARBOR. IT'S REALLY NEAT TO WALK UNDER THEM & REACH UP TO PICK THEM!. WE SOLD OUR PYGMEY GOATS & TURNED THEIR SPOT INTO AN ORCHARD - 4 PLUMS, 4 PEACHES & 5 APPLES. WE'D ALREADY PLANTED 2 PEAR TREES YEARS AGO & THEY REALLY PRODUCE!
SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE ALL REALLY BUZY!
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GOOD & SAFE DAY!
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I made some marmalade last week with lime peels I had in the freezer. Local grapefruit are in season so I had some fresh fruit to go with the peels. Turned out very well and the 9 jars are about a year's supply I suspect.
I'm about to experiment with making sauerkraut from green paw-paw.
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I live alone, so in some ways canning, and freezing, and stocking a root cellar seem a little silly. However, I entertain quite a bit, so having food around makes that easier. I feel safer when there are food stores. It's kind of like an emergency fund, only stored in the basement! And I like the work of putting food up.
So, spring is here, and that's when it gets started for me in earnest. I spent yesterday freezing several gallons of asparagus and pickling the rest. I got the asparagus free from a friend who had just about maxed out on asparagus; her patch is probably the size of my yard! Her family needed a break!!
Tonight I have to make a turkey I removed from the freezer to make room for the asparagus. So, my next "putting up" project will be turkey broth. Then I hope to move on to strawberries, but I might have to skip those time-wise :( In that case, I'll move straight on to peas and blueberries.
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