posted on Jun, 24 2008 @ 09:19 AM
Hey Redneck, thanks for the thread, this is a great topic and helpful, as well. I'm also glad to have the link to the food preserving site.
I've never canned before but my husband has and a neighbor has offered to help us can this summer. Here is a simple recipe that I use for pickling.
You have to refrigerate the pickles until they're gone, so they're not really canned, but you could easily add canning to the recipe. Here it is:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2/3 cups vinegar
Heat all until dissolved, it doesn't take long. Slice cucumbers, squash, asparagus or green tomatoes (my favorite). Place veggies in a large jar and
pour the hot mixture over it until jar is full. They will be ready to eat in about 10 minutes, but are best if chilled. You could easily can the
pickles after doing this recipe. They make a kind of bread and butter pickle, but the best thing is that you can use so many different kinds of
veggies, almost anything your heart fancies.
I was just told the other day by a Cherokee lady who lives way back in the Appalachians, that if you peel ripe tomatoes by dipping them in boiling
water for about 30 seconds, you can put them in a jar and can them. This sounds fairly easy. She also told me that you can preserve green tomatoes to
fry, by slicing them, putting in jars and adding hot water with salt (1 tsp salt per quart water) and freezing them. Then when you're ready to cook,
simply coat them with cornmeal and fry. If you've never had fried green tomatoes, you're missing a great treat.
I have a book that is wonderful called, "Country Wisdom and Know-How - Everything You Need to Know to Live off the Land." From the editors of Storey
Books, which has alot of books about country living. It's wonderful and has instructions on all kinds of things related to country living such as
building a chicken coop, home canning and preserving, how to build a root cellar, etc. Root cellars are good things, they don't require much
maintenance or work once you've made one and many veggies will last up to 6 months in a root cellar. I have another great book, too, but can't find
it at the moment, will post the title if I can find it.
You can also make gazpacho and can it. It's a cold soup with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, olive oil and tomato juice. It's delicious, you
can can it and it's very healthy - restores your electrolytes in hot weather or after heavy exercise. It is kind of like salsa but with more veggies
in it. It's delicious and healthy, it originated with the Roman soldiers, as it kept their strength up and electrolytes from being depleted.
You can freeze most veggies by parboiling for 2 minutes and then storing them in plastic bags in the freezer. Beans, squash, peas and carrots are
especially good this way.
The thing is that by growing your own food, you will have more nutrition, alot less, if any, pesticides, and you know what you're eating, especially
if you don't use GM seeds. I feel pretty sure that there's not very much nutrition in our food these days.