Today was Canning Day

After the constant struggle with rain and cold, finally sun today!  Now that I was able to get out in my veggie garden, I decided to pull my beets, pick some green beans and peas.  And having a dreary production of carrots, just 2, I decided I’d share one with my trusty vegetable-eating dog, Lilly.  She has no problem eating carrots (it’s the only way I can keep her from getting under foot when I’m cooking) and today I learned she likes peas and green beans too.  Of course, she won’t eat the pea pod, but if I break it open for her, leaving the peas inside, she will fish them out.  The green beans she holds between her feet like a chew stick and chomps.

Lilly and her carrot

Lilly and her carrot

She just finished a bean

She just finished a bean

The beets were just a few; less than four pounds,  maybe about 2.5, but I desperately wanted some (organic) pickled beets.  I’ve always liked beets, cooked or pickled, and today was the pickling part.

Now, for a little reference material:

My well worn Ball Bluebook of Caning

My well worn Ball Bluebook of Canning

Poking around in the cupboard for some cider vinegar, I found a bottle of:

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Pomegranate Red Wine Vinegar.  Woo Hoo!  Wouldn’t that be just dandy in my beets!  Num num!  A 1 to 3 ratio with cider vinegar, the wine vinegar being the smallest, and soon I was on my way to gourmet pickled beets.

Next up, pickling spices from that cute little Mennonite store around the corner (or should I say, two miles away).  Those gourmet beets were getting better every minute!

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Then the process.

Beet juice and brine

Beet juice and brine

Jars ready to go in canner.  Note the cute little fat jar!  Love it!

Jars ready to go in canner. Note the cute little fat jar! Love it!

Here it is with the lid on.  Note the little hole in front; there is a reason!

Here is the canner.  I’ll bet you’re saying, “What a minute!  That looks upside down! ”  It’s a steam canner, not a boiling water canner.  More eco-friendly and saves time and heat.  Note the little hole in front; there is a reason!

Note the steam coming out.  This is when you start timing

Note the steam coming out. This is when you start timing

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All done! (a little steam is still rising)

My assistant, Lily

My assistant, Lily, waiting for a carrot or a green bean

What’s in store for tomorrow?  Sewing.