I’M PICKLED

pink…

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.

More on pickling vegetables.

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?

Comments(18)

  1. Shirley says:

    Most of my preserved food is dehydrated. The dehydrators do make noise. Are you still using the solar (baking rack) dehydrator posted about way back? It seems such a good idea. I had thought of pickling some veggies in activated EM to try it out. I do not like white vinegar and can only tolerate cider vinegar. The best pickles to me are made in brine.

    BTW, thank you for posting about EM. It is so wonderful. I use it to clean and in the garden.

  2. Shirley says:

    Most of my preserved food is dehydrated. The dehydrators do make noise. Are you still using the solar (baking rack) dehydrator posted about way back? It seems such a good idea. I had thought of pickling some veggies in activated EM to try it out. I do not like white vinegar and can only tolerate cider vinegar. The best pickles to me are made in brine.

    BTW, thank you for posting about EM. It is so wonderful. I use it to clean and in the garden.

  3. Jacque says:

    I would not have understood what you said about a noisy dehydrator until yesterday. I am in the middle of dryer pears and my pears are ripening too fast and I need to borrower my moms dehydrator. My dehydrator does not make any noise and hers has a blower. Everyone complained last night. It took some getting used too. I am going to try drying tomatoes today. My crop of tomatoes did not do to well in Utah this year. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  4. Jacque says:

    I would not have understood what you said about a noisy dehydrator until yesterday. I am in the middle of dryer pears and my pears are ripening too fast and I need to borrower my moms dehydrator. My dehydrator does not make any noise and hers has a blower. Everyone complained last night. It took some getting used too. I am going to try drying tomatoes today. My crop of tomatoes did not do to well in Utah this year. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  5. Susy says:

    Fortuneatly I can use my oven as a dehydrator (convection) and I can do a huge batch and it doesn’t make noise. I usually throw things in at night and set it to go off at the proper time. Work great!

    So do you use dehydrated peppers like regular ones?

  6. Susy says:

    Fortuneatly I can use my oven as a dehydrator (convection) and I can do a huge batch and it doesn’t make noise. I usually throw things in at night and set it to go off at the proper time. Work great!

    So do you use dehydrated peppers like regular ones?

  7. Andrea says:

    We’re still drying, freezing and canning anything we can get our grubby little mits on. Today was glazed carrots, yesterday, pickled carrots. Tonight there’s a batch of Gooseberry sauce steeping on the stove.

    Up next, I’m doing an experimental batch of canned milk. I know it sounds odd, but with 2 little ones, way out in the boonies, it’s good to have a supply of milk on hand for bad weather. Mother Earth News says it’s possible so I’m going to give it a try.

  8. Andrea says:

    We’re still drying, freezing and canning anything we can get our grubby little mits on. Today was glazed carrots, yesterday, pickled carrots. Tonight there’s a batch of Gooseberry sauce steeping on the stove.

    Up next, I’m doing an experimental batch of canned milk. I know it sounds odd, but with 2 little ones, way out in the boonies, it’s good to have a supply of milk on hand for bad weather. Mother Earth News says it’s possible so I’m going to give it a try.

  9. Janice says:

    I’ve made Kimchee with my nappa cabbages. My dehydrator broke so I’m sad. I’m drying tomatoes outside just on a cookie sheet right now… I’ve left them whole.

  10. Janice says:

    I’ve made Kimchee with my nappa cabbages. My dehydrator broke so I’m sad. I’m drying tomatoes outside just on a cookie sheet right now… I’ve left them whole.

  11. Paulo and Pamela says:

    We were still doing little, since we are living in a city, rented place.
    We used to can beans, peas, etc, using lemon juice for preserving. We look forward to find a place with a outside garden instead of just a balcony.

    Hugs and good vibes to everyone and to everyone in PTF!

  12. Paulo and Pamela says:

    We were still doing little, since we are living in a city, rented place.
    We used to can beans, peas, etc, using lemon juice for preserving. We look forward to find a place with a outside garden instead of just a balcony.

    Hugs and good vibes to everyone and to everyone in PTF!

  13. Sinfonian says:

    First off, I am excited that my brother and I pickled cukes the other day and will be helping with jelly too. This was our first time and it was fun.

    As for preparing for hard times, I strongly recommend getting everyone’s financial house in order, “putting up” as much savings as possible, cut back spending on non-essentials and get out of debt. With a clean financial house, you can get by with minimal income and a bunch of hard work providing food for your family, the Dervaes have proven that time and time again.

    Great tips for getting the food down! Thanks!

  14. Sinfonian says:

    First off, I am excited that my brother and I pickled cukes the other day and will be helping with jelly too. This was our first time and it was fun.

    As for preparing for hard times, I strongly recommend getting everyone’s financial house in order, “putting up” as much savings as possible, cut back spending on non-essentials and get out of debt. With a clean financial house, you can get by with minimal income and a bunch of hard work providing food for your family, the Dervaes have proven that time and time again.

    Great tips for getting the food down! Thanks!

  15. Lisa says:

    I want to learn to can so badly! But I’m afraid I will kill someone lol.

  16. Lisa says:

    I want to learn to can so badly! But I’m afraid I will kill someone lol.

  17. Belle says:

    Ohh now I wish I would have grown more green beans to can. Next year I’ll try and plant more. Our tomatoes have not done well this year. Last year I gave away a ton, this year I’ve barely had enough to make salsa or spaghetti sauce more than a few times. I did can two jars of spaghettit sauce, pickled some eggplant, and canned rasberry jam, apple butter and pumpkin butter. today I am canning pears. I hope to get some more pears this weekend.

  18. Belle says:

    Ohh now I wish I would have grown more green beans to can. Next year I’ll try and plant more. Our tomatoes have not done well this year. Last year I gave away a ton, this year I’ve barely had enough to make salsa or spaghetti sauce more than a few times. I did can two jars of spaghettit sauce, pickled some eggplant, and canned rasberry jam, apple butter and pumpkin butter. today I am canning pears. I hope to get some more pears this weekend.

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