Sunday, August 30, 2009
Part 1 of (hopefully more than 1!)
I've been doing my research, scouring the farmer's markets and NYC Greenmarkets... I've been reading and collecting recipes and tips. This year will be my first adventure into canning. My Grandma Decker's basement always had a rack of shelves under the stairs (& I'm sure much more than that when she was raising her 13 kids on a North Dakota farm!) with homemade sweet pickles, jellies, jams, and other delightful preserves that she or my Grandpa had grown.
I'm thinking that I'll be doing some of these summer squash & zucchini pickles (I'm notorious for hating traditional pickles.) Some more traditional spiced kirby pickles for J. Possibly some peaches and this recipe for spicy okra. My Aunt Connie has a Jalapeño jelly recipe that I'm trying to track down at the moment as well.
I've never tried anything like this before and I found the How-to section of Fresh Preserving to be the most helpful resource so far.
If you have any recipes or advice please do share. I need as much help as I can get!
*typography adapted from a recent article on Home Canning that I worked on for my day job.