We picked about 6 cucumbers tonite so I am going to do the canning thing this weekend. Going to go to Walmart tomorrow. A few of the cucumbers we picked were small....around the 4-5 inches long, the rest were big like you see in the supermarket. One thing I forgot to ask is ... how long after you can them can you eat them? Will all this info be in the canning books I assume so I don't have to keep bugging you guys? I appreciate all the help you have given me !!!! I'll let you know how things turn out =)
Just ate the peas tonite with dinner. Boy for all those pea plants you sure don't get alot of peas. There was only enough for one serving !!! Luckily I am the only one who eats peas in my house =) They sure do taste different then the store bought frozen ones. Very yummy. DH is enjoying his lettuce and the corn is growing that furry stuff and you can see the little ears in the stalks. The tomatoes are growing but still green. Looks like we did pretty well for our first time growing stuff.
I LOVE fresh peas! They are the best! Yes, they are work. But I think lima beans are even more work! String beans-they are easy, and you get tons of beans. I freeze all my veggies, and I usually end up giving a lot of string beans away, and will still have some left in the freezer the following year. (Of course, that might also be because I like peas and lima beans more!)
With corn, I usually freeze some both ways-some on the cob, and some cut. But I always blanch first. Also, if you cut it off the cob, I think it's easier if you blanch first. Pampered Chef has a handy little tool out for cutting corn off the cob.
Sounds like you're doing pretty good for your first try!
How do I know if they have sealed properly? One jar I cannot press down on the lid at all...there's no give...but the other 2 there is some give. Do the other two have to cool down more and will eventually seal up tight or not? I did the canning water bath thing with them using a regular pot and it says you have to let them cool for 12 hours and then test the lids. If the jars don't seal properly it says you have to refrigerate it right away for immediate use. Should I fridge them now? or wait the 12 hrs? The directions weren't clear on that.
Also, I have tons of the mixture left over, I couldn't find a small pkg of mix so I had to buy a huge one. Can I refrigerate the mixture and use it again? I figured maybe I would go and buy a few more jars and make more pickles if I could refirgerate the mix for a day or two. If not I'll get rid of it.
If you hear them "POP" then they've sealed. Sometimes they have to cool all the way down. If you can press the center and it comes back up, it's not sealed. I would put those in the fridge and eat them in a week or two.
I have saved pickling spice for up to a week. Let it cool to room temp first and then put it in the fridge. When you want to use it, simply boil it again.
I bet those will be some goooood pickles!
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Looks like 2 out of the 3 have sealed so far. I will wait awhile longer as they are not entirely cool yet, to see if the last one seals. I am glad I can save that pickling liquid. Now I will go back to Walmart and get a couple of more jars and do some more because we are a little inundated with cukes right now LOL. Will it be good til Friday? I won't have time until then to do this again. It is very time consuming but I enjoyed doing it and after reading the Ball book on canning I think I am going to be doing a lot of this in the near future !!
If you have any recipes of other stuff you've done this with please let me know. I saw recipes in that book for creamed corn and cranberry sauce which I am dying to try now !
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I think the last one sealed. I went in to check on them and I pushed the lid and it did give so I went to get a marker to mark the lids and when I came back to do it it seemed to have become firm and the little circle in the middle of the lid is depressed. I hope that means it sealed itself and not that somehow my pressing on the lid did it and it really isn't sealed properly. Now I'm going to worry.
I wouldn't worry about it. If the center is down, it's down and should be sealed. Check on it in the morning and if it gives then I might just stick that jar in the fridge for a couple of weeks before enjoying homemade dills.
(We canned about 45 jars last year and I have 2 jars left...I'm a pickle-a-holic!) I think we came in with 50 jars this year so I'm happy!
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Checked on it this morning like you said and it had no give so I guess all is good !!
WOW 50 jars of pickles? Holy !!! My son would be in heaven. I really hope he likes these. He is so fussy and will only eat one particular brand of pickles from the store. If he doesn't like these I guess I'll give them away.
With everyone's help and suggestions, I think you have all created a canning monster ;)
LORD woman, be careful. I started giving ONE jar to my one (out of 6 sibs) brother who really liked them....... This year so far I have given away 12 jars and only did 36 jars, and still have 9 promised. People who have had them, who would like to try them, who love them, yada yada yada....... It grows, plus the fact that they are so gosh darn good. No matter what you can, they are loved!!!! Never fear, your son may not like them, but BYO barbques, church dinners, neighborhood get togethers, gifts etc. and they are gone. Be sure to save some for yourself. RE: Dill pickles made a new kind this year, have only made any dill once before. It says wait 8 weeks before tasting, have no idea why since these (unlike the first ones I made) are canned using a hot water bath. So I just put them in the pantry with a date on the calendar as to when to try. Sure hope they are good :D
I never had the patience to grow my own veggies, but seeing all the pictures is really inspirational! I think I am going to start this weekend. Any suggestions on what to grow during autumn? I am new to this :)
Adrienne I am not positive but I believe the season for growing things is over now. I think most stuff has to be planted early springtime. Don't quote me on it though because this was our first year doing this.
Noema our first batch of pickles is ready to eat now. My son tried one the other day and he said they were great. He must have been telling me the truth because he ate the entire jar of pickles that night lol. He also lived to tell me about it so I must have done everything correctly and thats a relief because I was seriously considering having him eat the first pickle at the emergency room in the hospital just in case !