Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
I love canning, but some days I just don't have time. Here are just a couple of ideas on how to quickly preserve your goods.
Use all those too ripe tomatoes, questionable hot peppers and small onions and roast them into an incredible spicy red salsa. No recipe needed, just your taste buds!
Several ways to put up paste tomatoes. Drying and fermenting, packed in oil, freezing and a savory fermented ketchup/paste. The best variety and method for drying tomatoes.
I was on a sundried tomato kick until I realized I was spending $5 a jar. Yikes. Without a food dehydrator, I thought I was out of luck when it came to making my own. Boy, was I wrong. I made these "sun"-dried tomatoes in the oven in 15 minutes!
This salsa recipe allows you to decide the ratio of peppers to onions that you want in your salsa. Pretty great to get some choices and still have a recipe safe for canning!
Simple water-bath canning: tomato sauce in pints or quarts. Endlessly useful as a pantry staple.
Easy process for DIY tomato paste: roast tomato pulp in a wide flat pan to make tomato paste. No salt added, so low-sodium. May be canned in a water bath for 4 or 8 oz jars. May be frozen.
A sweet peach and tomato preserves recipe. Enjoy this atop a cracker or bread with a mild soft cheese.
A simple tomato sauce, with roasted heirloom tomatoes for smoky depth, suitable for water-bath canning.
Ottawa Valley Chili Sauce: sweet, tangy and perfect on anything.