Canning our garden harvest

15 May

My husband and I have been busy bees trying to keep up with our garden. With over 10 tomatilla plants and 20 tomato plants and dozens of a varieties of pepper plants we certainly have our hands full.

We started canning for the first time last year. Neither one of us really had any idea how to do this. I didn’t exactly have any warm and fuzzy memories of parents or grandparents doing any such thing. So, through a little trial and error we started off with a couple of simple recipes from the Ball Blue Book guide to preserving. We bought the necessary pots and tools, burned a few fingers in the process, forgot to sterilize lids and promptly had to start all over. Trust me, you only forget once! Now that we’re ‘pros’, canning has become much easier and more routine and we work well as a team.

Here are some of the things we’ve been canning this season.

1) Tomatilla salsa, mild and spicy

2) Jalapeno salsa

3) Pickled banana peppers

4) Pickled zucchini spears

5) Dill pickles

8 Responses to “Canning our garden harvest”

  1. Karen May 16, 2012 at 7:43 AM #

    A great way to enjoy your garden all year long.

  2. Peggy Regan May 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM #

    Glad I was one of the lucky ones to try your salsa before everyone devoured it!! It was delicious! Think KS is on the right track!! 🙂

  3. In Search of Perfect May 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM #

    Back home we pickle everything for the winter, it’s like a national sport! Great post, made me remember my childhood – thank you!

  4. cooktocure May 21, 2012 at 8:28 PM #

    Awww, I want to do that too! Inspiring!

  5. Reba H May 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM #

    Jalapeno salsa sounds to die for! Any chance you have a link to the recipe? I’d greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

    • Babe and a Blender May 24, 2012 at 8:02 PM #

      Sure do. Its from the Ball Blue Book guide to preserving. I found the book at Walmart in the canning section. Page 81.

      • Reba H May 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM #

        Ah yes, I did see you mention the book in your blog. Thanks so much!

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