I absolutely love pickling and Jamming in the late summer and the fall.
Thankx to my newfie heritage of course. I remember Mom doing it without any metal lids...any old bottle was good enuff as long as it was sterilised clean. She topped it off with paraffin wax and a piece of popsicle stick and a string. Mannn, how I hated that first spoonful of bake apple jam , jam, or jelly with all the wax pieces in it !!!.. lol....but you never got ANY at all, till that FIRST one spoonful was eaten....lmao
Usually starting in June with the strawberry jam....then the marmalade. Always in early August, I start looking for my supply of pickling cukes. I plant my own dill to help out. My family and friends look forward to getting their "pickles and beets" from me every season. Got the two youngest grand kids into it now....that and a bit of gardening ! They love it !
Since Aug 1st....we've used 150 lbs of pickling cukes. I did 5 cases of 1 liter bottles for dill pickles.....2 cases(500 ml) bread & butter pickles, 1 case (500 ml) sweet mixed pickles(silver skin onions / cauliflower), 8 - 250 ml bottles of sweet gherkins (tiny pickles)
also...2 cases(250 ml) blue berry jam....1 case 500 ml (& 1 case of 250 ml) Strawberry jam...18 - 250 ml blackberry Jelly....6 - 500 ml blackberry Jam...1 case (500 ml) of green tomato chow...half with brown sugar instead of white sugar)....2 cases(500 ml) of beets....10 - 1 liter bottles of home made sauerkraut....6 - 250 ml bottles of marmalade. The last one to finish off my year will be my 2 cases of mustard pickles. I'm hoping to have enuff cukes out of my garden for at least a case...lol
Some time within the next 2 weeks or so, me, my sister and my niece will get together and have our pickling party to do the mustard pickles up. Then it'll be done for the year. We can relax and enjoy all the favorite bottled stuff we grew up on. My Mom would be proud !!
...miss ya ma