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Canning experiments

Did I mention I love to Can?

Pickled Cherry Radishes

These are Pickled Radishes.  I know, never heard of this.  Well I haven’t either, but who cares.  I love to Can.  My Dad planted a 50 foot row of cherry radishes all in a big wad of plants.  We could never eat all of these so I decided to play with them.   These were Canned in white vinegar and a 1/2 tsp of salt.  I think they’re pretty to look at, but it’s odd how the red came off the radishes and dyed the juice.   I am thinking about dilling some.  Why not?

Here’s a picture of yesterdays pickin’s from the garden.

Cucumbers, Sweet Banana Peppers,  Zucchini, and Yellow Squash

I also dug up about a dozen purple onions and hung them up to dry on the back porch.  There were a few small onions so I used them to Can a mixture of cucumbers, zucchini, sweet banana peppers.  I dilled this mixture with apple cider vinegar, salt, garlic, and dill stems.  Made 2 qts. and 1 quart of dill pickles.

Today I’ll be slicing the yellow squash to freeze for future fried squash.  YUM!
Tonight we plan on digging up the rest of the onions.  The days are so hot.  I prefer to go out after 7pm to do anything in the garden.

 

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Canning Kraut and updates

     Hope everyones garden is doing well.  We’ve been busy in ours.  We’ve not had a phone since last Tuesday.  A storm blew through last Monday night and knocked over 6 trees on our mile long road to the county road.  Dad and I are looking forward to lots of fire wood.  I have a dail-up connection back here in the ‘sticks’ so there’s an excuse this time for being so long to post.  Thank-God for the wonderful man from Kansas who his helping out our local AT&T repairmen.
   I’ve spent the past week trying to kill cabbage worms.  As I’ve said before the rains we’ve had have allowed them to settle in.  It is hard to apply a powder deterent when it’s always gonna rain. 

I’ve had to pull up and throw away two now.  I went ahead and pulled three up yesterday and shredded them for Sauerkraut today.  I made 6 quart jars.  I’m using my mothers old Miracle Whip jars she’d saved through the years.  Here’s the recipe I used: (exact wording written by my Mother. A notation to the side says “Grandmothers”.)

Kraut In Jars
Place shredded cabbage in quart jar.  Press down gently.  Add 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. sugar.  Fill jar with hot water.  Screw the top down tight.  In a few weeks the kraut is good.

A few NOTES:  Since the recipe doesn’t state how hot the water should be I brought mine to a boil and then dipped the water into the jars and I used “Canning Salt” instead of regular Iodized (NOT FOR CANNING) salt.  I heated my lids in hot water for 5 to 10 mins. before placing them on the jars with the rings.  I’ve learned from several sources to place the cooled jars in a cool dark place till fermented and ready to eat.

IMPORTANT KRAUT IN JARS UPDATE:: https://arkansasfarmerette.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/kraut-in-jars-update/

With no rain since last week the garden is finally dry enough for Dad to ’till’ it today.  It really needed it.

The potatoes are starting to bloom.  Dad was asking when to dig them up and according to my info from The Garden Helper.com we’re to wait 2 to 3 weeks after flowering to dig up the potatoes.  If we want late potatoes for storage, we need to wait 2 to 3 weeks after the foliage dies back.

Garden Update

May 23, 2011

 I have to say that my Dad has made the garden look so beautiful.  So far the Bermuda grass has not returned in full force.  I believe the tilling this winter and after planting has helped.  (Thought I’d never say that.)

 With Dad sprinkling the 10-20-10 fertilizer around every week the garden is growing big.  The cabbage plants are making heads and I’ve clipped lower leaves off all of them 3 different times now.  It’s amazing to see them make cabbage heads.  One of my Home Health clients has told me her sister (who always had a beautiful garden) would take the large leaves of the cabbage plants and clothes pin them over the head to keep the sun from scorching it.  I’ve done that to about 4 but I’m concerned that the leaves tightly covering the head will keep it from getting larger or deform it.

 The rain has returned the past two days and Dad is itching to till the rows.  The purple hull peas he replanted are coming along great and he is anxious for his tomatoes to get bigger.  They are about 3 feet tall right now and have blooms on them.  He planted more radishes about 4 days ago and some carrots; right were my okra was supposed to go.  Glad there’s still a two row patch above the squash were I can plant it.  I did want a larger area since I want to have enough to share.  Think I’ll try to squeeze in another row somewhere else; who knows. :O)

The cucumbers, squash, cantaloupes, watermelon, and tomatoes have bright yellow flowers on them.  There is a squash on one of the plants.

I cut some of my leaf lettuce yesterday and we had it for supper mixed with some bag salad.  I don’t think that it would have survived with out Dad fertilizing it.  There are only a few romaine plants that survived and they are only 4-inches tall right now.  (Fingers crossed)  

7:00p.m.   Just went out to check on the garden.  I spotted one of the cabbage plants with a worm hole in it.  It had drilled into the center of the core and ate it up.  I pulled the plant up; roots and all.  Disposed of it in the woods away from the garden.  That’s one down.  Forty-three left.

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