Chicago Style Sweet Cucumber Relish

A wonderful recipe for using up end of season cucumbers that are too large and seedy to use for other canning or dishes.  The relish is sweet and sour with a wonderful aroma of pickling spices.  It is sparkling green with bits of red and yellow sweet pepper.  Perfect for gift giving during the holidays….

Drying Cherry Tomatoes

I have more little cherry tomatoes than I can possibly eat right now.  Instead of letting them go to waste in the refrigerator, I am drying them and will store them like the expensive sun dried tomatoes you see in the produce department of the grocery store. When I had to replace my stove the…

Freezing Bell Peppers

I was given a dozen large green bell peppers that I knew I would not be able to use them all up before their shelf life expired.  I decided to take eight of them and freeze them in small cooking batches.  Last month I was given sweet red peppers and yellow/orange peppers that I also…

Freezing Tomatoes

What can you do with extra tomatoes that are past their shelf life?  Instead of letting them spoil freeze that last tomato.  It is easy to do and it don’t take very long to do.  You just need a pot of boiling water and a small baggie. I had several large tomatoes was close to…

Senate Bean Soup (How to Can)

  It is nice to have jars of bean soup on hand for a quick meal.  A quart jar will make 4 servings when you add cooked potatoes and thicken with instant potatoes. Season to taste and serve with broccoli cheese cornbread. I have a Carey Pressure Cooker.  It is an 8 quart automatic pressure…

Cranberry Orange Jelly

I receive bottled fruit juice often from my local food bank. Recently they were distributing a large bottles of pure orange juice that required no refrigeration until opened.  This juice is very tart and needs to have sugar added to it to drink.  It dawned on me that it would make great jelly.  I also…

Yellow Squash and Corn Relish Canning Recipe

I got this wonderful recipe from Lillian’s Cupboard here at WordPress.  She has cut down the recipe so you can make a small batch from vegetables that you can buy at a farmers market.  I quadrupled it because I had so many yellow squash from my CSA boxes the last few weeks.  Our growing season…

Pineapple Jam Made From Fresh Pineapple and Liquid Pectin

Pineapples are in the stores for Easter cooking.  Every year I make pineapple jam from wonderful fresh pineapple that I have let ripen on my kitchen counter until it is golden yellow. The fruit is sweeter and juicer if you let it ripen.  I twist the tops off to replant in my garden.  I live…

Asian Radish, Carrot, and Turnip Pickles

  The last couple of weeks I have had a large daikon radish in my CSA box. Also there was carrots, hakurie turnips, pablano and jalapenos. What was I going to do with these? I spent time on the internet looking up how to cook the radish and turnip. I kept running into various recipes…