Archive for the ‘In the Garden’ Category
After I posted pictures of my Zucchini Salsa on facebook, I’ve had several requests for the recipe. I figured it would be the easiest to share it on my blog.
I found this recipe years ago when I first started canning. At that time I had an over abundance of zucchini in my garden. A problem a lot of gardeners have it seems. This is the original version of the recipe. I have tweeked the recipe for our own liking. It makes somewhere between 7-8 pints depending on the size of your onions and peppers.
10 cups zucchini, peeled and shredded
4 onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
2 red peppers, chopped
1/4 cup pickling salt
Mix these first 5 ingredients together and cover. Let stand overnight.
The next day, rince and drain well. Put the zucchini mixture into a large pot and add the following:
1 tbsp. pickling salt
2 tbsp. dry mustard
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp cumin
2 cups vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground black pepper
5 cups chopped ripe tomatoes
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 small cans tomato paste
Bring the pot to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour into sterilzed jars and seal. Process in hot water bath 35 minutes.
Some of my changes:
~ I’m too lazy to peel the zucchini so I simply shred it, peel on, using a salad shooter. This salsa is a great way to use up the larger zucchinis.
~ I add jalapenos for a “hotter” salsa and/or increase the crushed red pepper flakes.
~ I use whatever color peppers I have on hand.
ENJOY! I have yet to serve this salsa to anyone who doesn’t like it. It makes a wonderful gift with a bag of chips.
Madison and I harvested our first fruit of the season here on the homestead. RASPBERRIES!! Oh yum! We will pick again in a couple days and then we should have enough to make something with them.
Our heat wave is continuing with the heat index up to 120 degrees at one point today. It is finally cooling down and tomorrow our temps are suppose to be in the normal range without the humidity we’ve been experiencing the last 4 days.
I had to share this picture. I went out this evening to look for something in my car when I noticed we had a 2 web footed visitor. A goose mysteriously showed up on our farm. It was just walking around like it had been here all it’s life. I snapped a couple of pictures of it. Madison took the camera to se if she could get a few more pictures but once the goose entered the horse pasture, it flew off. Wonder if it will come back?
I received a phone call this early morning from Karen O. She said the corn was ready for processing and today is the day to do it. So after chores, Madison and I headed over to their farm to join the corn party.
Busy removing silk.
Blanched corn heading to the coolers.
Madison holding down a chair…
I forgot to take pictures of the corn in bags and ready for the freezer. I came home with about 40 bags of corn so we are set for the winter, Thanks Karen!!!!
I dug some potatoes from my garden tonight for supper. They sure are looking good. I planted Norleans and Yukon Golds. I think Madison should have a nice assortment to take to the fair for one of her 4H projects.
My garden is going crazy with volunteer tomato plants. I’m pulling those that are interfering with my other plants and leaving those who don’t seem to be a bother where they are.
I noticed that all but 3 of the beets Tiff transplanted for me died. The 3 that remain are growing strong. So her work was not in vain.
Nothing new in the barn tonight. I do believe we have a couple of goat does who are looking pregnant so Madison is keeping her eye on them.
I’m off to finish dishes and head to bed.
Inbetween rain showers, Madison was in the strawberry patch and picked a shirtful of berries.
So we made strawberry pie from them. Oh yummy yummy! I’m so happy to see that the patch is doing well and producing lots of berries. I’m going to have plenty to can/freeze.
The raspberries are going crazy. I planted 12 sticks last year and they probably doubled or tripled before fall. And this year.. I bet I have over 200 plants. I don’t know what to do. If it gets any thicker, we are not going to be able to pick the berries. I’m not complaining, I just need to figure out what to do with all the plants.
Well, I better get back to my pie. I’m going to have a second piece!
Another great gardening day so in went my celery, parsley, cabbage and broccoli. I still have more to go but the bulk of my produce is planted now with soaker hoses in place.
Rich and I picked up some piglet runts last night, 11 to be exact. They aure were cute. I say was and tonight we are down to 1. My friend Liz and her hubby came over and took 5 home with them. They use them to clean up their grove and then put them in the freezer.
Then along came Brian and his wife and another 5 piglets left the farm. They also spotted our bunnies and took 1 white bunny with them as well. It sure was busy here for a few hours, but that’s alright. We like visitors.
Tonight I had Wyoming up on the milk stand as she is getting close to kidding and gets some grain. Boy, she looks so uncomfortable. Poor baby. I can feel at least 1 kid but she looks like she’s going to have triplets. She’s not due until the first week in June but I wouldn’t be surprised if she went a bit early.
It’s time for a shower. GoodNight!
It was simply beautiful today. The highs were in the 70′s and made it nice working outdoors. I spent my time in the garden. I have the tomatoes and peppers in. I did things differently this year and have the tomato plants on trellises. Last year the winds were so strong, I had tomato plants on the ground and it was like walking through a jungle.
We ran out of fencing posts and cattle panels so the peppers are in tomato cages, hopefully the tomatoes trellises will block some of the wind so they don’t tip over. Otherwise, I will be shopping the auctions to find cattle panels for next year.
Well, time to get supper on the table. I better go.