Yesterday was a long day on my feet, canning some salsa to use up a small batch of tomatoes, and also making pickles. It took a lot longer than I realized it would, especially for the salsa. But my aunt, who is my taste tester, said it was fabulous, so that is a plus.
For the salsa, I used this recipe. I don't eat salsa, so can't even tell you what it tastes like, thus the need for a taste tester. I did have to "tweak" the recipe a bit, as I didn't have enough to make a large batch, and I forgot the tomato paste. Doesn't seem to affect the flavor at all.
And then after a short break, it was on to the pickles. I couldn't find the necessary spices anywhere, so used this mix, that I found at Walmart.
It's another thing that I don't eat, but my aunt and Joe do, so the 12 pint jars will be done before I blink. And forget it when Sam gets down here, she eats pickles like they are candy, so I don't know if I will be able to do enough to satisfy her lol.
These made me nervous, as most of them took a really long time to "ping", but eventually, but the time I went to bed at 11pm, they were all sealed.
Today will be getting that mountain of green beans done. I haven't used the pressure canner yet, but figure as long as I follow the directions, I should be ok.
I have to be honest, I am feeling extremely accomplished. Not to toot my own horn, but I am finally able to practice all those things that I have been researching and reading up on. Life is good!