my pantry

Storing Vegetables
This is my pantry that doubles as a root cellar. I store my jars and vegetables here at a cool room temperature. Vegetables I have here are shell beans, popcorn, coriander, garlic, potatoes, and winter squashes. I spend a lot of time in the pantry. It has a little work…
 
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pickles, jam, jelly, and sauce

Storing Vegetables
This is a line-up of all my canning from this fall, so far. From left: tomato sauce, End-of-the-Harvest pickles (Ball book of canning), Daikon and Carrot pickles (Food in Jars), Bread and Butter pickles (Food in Jars), Sandwich pickles (Ball), Apple Sauce (Food in Jars), Raspberry Jam (Ball). And on…
 
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crabapple jelly

Storing Vegetables
My mom has a crabapple tree that was full of very big crabapples this year. So I picked a basket full. I’ve never made crabapple jelly before. The apples are really tart (pucker), but the jelly is wonderful. And I love the color. (I used the recipe in Ball Home…
 
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my larder

Storing Vegetables
It’s the end of another gardening season. My larder is as full as it’s going to get this year. I have vegetables stored in different locations: my freezer, refrigerator, and new food storage pantry. My new food pantry is separate small room just off our garage. Similar to a root…
 
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“sun-dried” tomatoes

Storing Vegetables
I have an inexpensive vegetable drier. It is great. We cut up and dried down two big bowls of tomatoes. At 135 F, most were ready after 12 hours, a few went about 5 hours longer. We packed them into several pint and half pint jars and covered them with…
 
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distractions

Skippy, Suzie & Charley, Storing Vegetables
An hour or so after Skippy died, my husband came home from work. My mother in law was visiting. We worked together, talked, cried. We made and canned bread-and-butter pickles, dilled beans, raspberry jam, and bottled 50 lbs of honey. The next day we dried 4 pints of tomatoes, and…
 
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bread and butter pickles

Storing Vegetables
My cucumber harvest failed miserably this year (beetles), so I went by our farmer’s market and bought a big bag of beautiful picking cukes. They smelled so good. Since I’m out of my garden onions already, I got onions. And some enormous red and orange peppers. I followed the recipe…
 
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pickled peppers

Storing Vegetables
I started with about 4 lbs of mixed hot peppers:     Jalepeno pepper, Emerald Fire (a new AAS winner)     TexMex pepper, Joseph E Parker     Poblano, Ancho 211 I cut these in rings and canned them according to directions in the Ball Home Preserving book. They are delicious. Nice…
 
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