Monday, June 25, 2018

Garden + Canning = Busy

I received a call from mom late last week and she said, "We're in the bean business!" I headed over and snapped while she started the canner.  
That, my friends, was only the beginning of the canning frenzy!  As the beans came off more we're ready to go on.  The total so far is 97 pints.
There are more to come.  Sunday evening I picked and there are enough green beans to begin again. So far the garden is doing really well. 
Today pickle relish was on the agenda.
It has a very good flavor.  It's another one of those things that is easy to make and only requires a water bath caner.  Here is the recipe if you are interested.

6 lbs of cucumbers, seeded and diced.
4 cups diced onion
2 diced green peppers
1 diced red pepper
Run through food processor, chopper or dice fine.
Cover with 1/2 cup canning salt and 2 quarts boiling water.
Stir and let sit for 1 hour.
Drain and squeeze out excess water.
Put in large stock pot and add
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp turmeric
1 pint white vinegar
5 cusps sugar
1 Tbs cornstarch

Bring to a boil and boil for 1/2 hour.  Spoon into hot pint jars and process for 10 minutes in a water bath canner.

Here is your gardening bonus for today.
If your soil is wet tie plastic grocery bags around your shoes.  The mud will not stick to them like it does to  shoes or boots.  Best gardening trip I've ever learned!

Next on the preserving list is bread and butter pickles.  If you need me you'll find me in the kitchen!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!


  1. Looks great! I have missed having a garden these last few years. That's a great tip for keeping your shoes clean and dry.

  2. Awesome!!! you girls are definitely in the bean business. All that work will be so yummy as cold weather comes back around. We used to tie bags on our tennis shoes to go out into the very rare snow event here.

  3. I remember those days, I haven't canned since we moved here. Oh, how I miss it. Amazing kind of day you are having.

  4. Amazing! It's almost like you could read my mind. I have been searching this week for a good relish recipe. I like using recipes that others have used and like. Thanks so much for sharing it. God bless.

  5. Looks and sounds great!!!! Thanks for sharing recipe.

  6. Terrific shoe tip! Like putting socks over shoes in the snow!
    I haven't felt well enough to garden this year. I want to do a small one next year.

  7. Wow! So proud of you being able to can from your garden. Way to go!

  8. These look so delicious Wendi! I remember when my parents had their big garden when I was growing up and I would snap beans for hours with my mom and we would can them... I miss her terribly. I haven't canned in awhile, can't seem to get the critters especially squirrels to leave our garden alone. Any suggestions? Hope you have a great weekend!



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