or should I say green and yellow. Pickling is in full swing here on the urban homestead. Putting up pickled dilly beans and peppers.
Without a pressure canner, pickling is a simple easy way to preserve the harvest using vinegar, spices, salt and into the hot water bath they go.
Thanks for all your wonderful comments and sharing your preservation efforts. For many of you it’s been your first season, a baptism of boiling water into the glorious world of canning and food preservation. What a wonderful connection and camaraderie there is among us! And what an accomplishment to open up your kitchen or pantry cabinets and not see one store bought can goods!
I am still crossing my fingers over the tomatoes. Just a few days ago we had fall like weather and one needed to put on a sweater and socks because it was quite chilly. But that nippy spell was short lived. Now the temperatures are near triple digits. So hopefully the tomatoes are loving the heat and we can squeeze out a few more pounds.
If we don’t get enough tomatoes to see us through the fall and winter, I may just have to raid a local farmers market for their “seconds.” Or post on our sister site to see if anyone has surplus tomatoes they’d like to swap.
Tomatoes are a basis crop we can’t do without. With so many uses – sauce, salsa, ketchup. It will be a long (and boring) winter without a supply of canned, frozen and even dried tomatoes.
Today, we’ll be drying the remaining peppers. I kinda, sorta like my second hand electric dehydrator. It works great, but it’s a little noisy. Growing up in a simple, low tech household I am not very fond of any mechanical noises. So I’ve put the electric dryer (plugging it into our mini solar power plant) in the garage so as not be disturbed.
Besides drying the peppers in the electric dryer, we’ll be sun drying a few batches.
How are you preparing for hard times ahead, what practical solutions are you sharing with your family and friends?