It is that time of the year when we are all getting back into canning our garden produce.
Do you have special 'toys' that make your life easier? I do!
Sometimes you just need things that make life easier! Well, we probably don't NEED them, but they are sure nice.
I truly love my emersion sticker blender. It is a must for me when I am working with tomatoes. I use it to slightly blend tomatoes for salsa. We like ours somewhat chunky, so I just use it to break up bigger pieces. I love it for making pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce. It makes things so smooth.
It is a tool I use every day!!!!! Yes, every day for something!! It is great for making 'cream of' soups and for getting rid of any lumps in gravy. So many uses. I make smoothies each day - so it is used for all kinds of things.
My second favorite 'toy' or tool is the Ninja! I probably never would have bought it, because of cost. We received ours as a gift a few years ago (my nephew loves me). It has a smoothie cup, a food processor jar, and a dough mixer. I LOVE IT.
It makes quick work of relish or slaw. When I made my sweet relish the other day - I had all veggies chopped within 15 minutes. Six pulses and it was perfect consistency!
When I made slaw - 4 pulses per jar did the job. Onions, carrots, and 8 pounds of cabbage DONE in about 10-15 minutes!!!!!
You have to experiment a bit - but boy does it make life easy.
Of course we have our normal every day tools that we use. I have been known to mash tomatoes with a potato masher (as well as fruit when making juice for jelly), and I love my draining spoons (slits in them). A good sharp knife is a MUST! My mandolin also comes in handy at times.
My must haves are pretty much everyone else's must haves as well.
Canning COLESLAW! - How fun is that??????
I promised Vickie I would give the recipe for this, and figured others may want to try it as well.
1 medium head of cabbage
1 large carrot
1 bell pepper
1 small onion
1 tsp. salt
Chop to desired consistency and add this all together and let it sit for one hour. Salt pulls liquid out of cabbage.
1 C vinegar
1/4 C water
2 C sugar
1 tsp. mustard seed
Bring this to a boil. Let it cool slightly (so it won't COOK shredded cabbage).
After one hour drain liquid off of the cabbage mixture (some people rinse too - I didn't).
Pour slightly cooled syrup over the mixture and mix together thoroughly. Place in jars (leave one inch head room). Make sure you get liquid in each jar.
Process in a water bath for 15 minutes.
You can serve directly from jar. It is sweet and slightly tangy. OR you can drain, and add mayo if desired. Your choice. It is very tasty!
**I used an 8 lb. cabbage - so I doubled everything else. I considered that a large head - not a medium.
So there you have it.
I know we all have our own ways of doing things - ways we may have learned from Mom's and Grandma's.
I love using what I have to make my life easier.
So what 'toys' or tools do you have and use to make your gardening season easier?
We can all use some new ideas!