Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

This year I was invited to a turkey thanksgiving supper yesterday and I'm hosting a big family meal today (I'm making a slow cooker pot roast).  We have lots to be thankful for and I wanted to write about one of the big reasons for the holiday, the completion of the harvest and celebrating the bounty of the land.

This year, I put in a ridiculously small garden.  I planted peppers, two cucumber vines, four tomato plants.  Here's what I ended up with:

  • Many meals garnished with fresh veggies I grew
  • 12 500ml jars of bread and butter pickles
  • 5 500ml jars of dill pickles
  • 7 250ml jars of delicious relish
  • 7 1000ml jars of salsa (post with pics coming tomorrow)

Of course I added some onions and and other marginal ingredients but essentially I got all these preserves by making sure I watered the garden every second day.  The effort was quite small.  I also took the time to gather some free food which either grows wild in my neighbourhood or was offered to me.  I used this free rhubarb and crab apples to produce:

I know that home canning/preserving isn't for everyone but I enjoy doing it and I like knowing what's in the food that I give to the kids.  Of course, being productive in the kitchen could also help lure a potential future wife onto the scene.

Just remember, growing your own food is like printing your own money.

Enjoy the long weekend.

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