In which Santa Jim makes garden cucumbers into pretty foodstuff
With an abundant garden comes responsibility:
Ya gotta do something with all that food!
The local food bank happily accepts fresh produce as well.
But for us at Haiku Farm, part of the joy of our vegetable garden comes in eating the food we've created long after the leaves have disappeared from the trees.
"Food preservation" is a task that Santa Jim has chosen for himself.
|finely chopped cukes|
With this (relatively) small batch of cucumbers, he decided to make a sweet pickle relish.
In a few weeks we will have a very heavy harvest of cucumbers from the garden. THAT is garlic pickle season!
|Ingredients for the relish: onions, peppers, and cukes|
|The mixture is pretty|
|We got this enormous bowl at a garage sale for a quarter.|
It only gets used during canning season, but for those
few weeks, we're glad we have it!
|Adding in the spices|
|The brine is added, and the mixture allowed to set for a few hours|
|The liquid is strained away, and thrown out onto the weeds|
|The brined mixture is cooked a little over low heat|
|spooned into jars, and then placed in the hot water to process|
|boiling the jars to seal everything up|
|After processing, the jars cool on the counter|
|"plink" from the lid means the seal is good|
Next time you visit Haiku Farm for a hot dog roast, be sure to request some of Jim's relish. It's good stuff.