My name is Lizette and I have a food preservation problem.

I am an addict. A junkie. I am totally hooked on summer food preservation – jams, spreads, sauces, pickles, blanch & freeze – I do it all. And I do a lot of it. Often I crawl into bed past midnight and collapse smelling of pickling brine.

I am pretty much dog tired from May-October. I miss all kinds of fun stuff with my friends and I felt totally lame at first but now they’re all used to the, “Wow! That sounds fun but I can’t because I’ve have to do _____ quarts of ______ tonight.” 

So why do I run myself ragged? I know that when there is snow on the ground and there isn’t a speck of green in sight we’ll enjoy pickles on our burgers and pasta sauce from our own tomatoes and the best PB&Js in all the land.

So exhausted or not – I soldier on.

This weekend I finally finished up those blasted cherries!

I strained the last 6lbs of tart cherries and saved the juice – I’ll do some jellies later.

Then I took the cherries and cooked them for a bit with some balsamic vinegar, sugar, and some vanilla extract. Oh my goodness. These tasted divine! I am going to do a jam with these flavors later in the summer from some of the cherries I froze.

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Once the sugar was dissolved I transferred them to the only heat safe container I had that was large enough – my crock pot. Ha! These went into the fridge over night.

The next morning I drained all the juice and got it on the stove. I cooked it until it thickened up a bit and was syrupy.

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I canned three 8oz jars and we enjoyed some warm syrup right from the pot on some French toast. Sooooooooooo good. Delicious.

Then I took the cherries and pureed them with a little more balsamic and some OJ for some fruit leather.

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This all went into the dehydrator and again – delicious! Homemade fruit roll-ups are so awesome. They’re some work usually, but not too bad, and they’re totally worth it.

With the cherries done I moved on and tackled the cucumbers. Last year’s batch of bread & butter pickles was so delicious. I hope these ones are too.

And these were real pickles – not the quickles I’ve been doing so far. I sliced up the cukes and the onions, tossed them with some pickling salt, covered them with crushed ice and then a tea towel, and let them sit on the counter for about 3 hours.

After three hours I picked out the remaining ice and rinsed them really well. I got my pickling brine going – vinegar, sugar, turmeric, mustard seed, celery seed – and packed the cukes and onions into pint jars. I topped them with the brine and processed them in the water bath canner for 15 minutes.

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My yield was only 5 1/2 pints and I fear our cukes are slowing down. Rats!

I also did some pretty bitchin’ bartering this week. My friend Kara is a master dehydrator and has all the fixin’s. We swapped a jar of cherry syrup for her fruit leather trays.

And my friends Brad and Rosalie visited me at the market for what is likely one of my best swaps ever! I traded Rosalie a jar of my Wild Turkey Cherry Jam for a jar of her family’s straight-from-Greece-real-deal olive oil! Woohoo!

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Not a bad weekend!

 

 

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My husband and I are bringing an old family farm back to life.
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6 Responses to My name is Lizette and I have a food preservation problem.

  1. Monica Dague says:

    I’m right there with you Liz! Just the other day a new friend asked me “Do you can something every day?!’ and I had to answer yes.

  2. Viper says:

    The plan is to get you hooked and then up the rate of exchange. Mwahaha!

  3. Viper says:

    Enjoy! And happy anniversary! I can’t believe it’s already been two years.

  4. Pingback: Last Outdoor Market Already?! | Barton Farms and Gardens

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