Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Summertime is Winding Down

   Yesterday was a lovely summer day.  Sunday was cold, rainy, and an all around bad fall day weather wise.  Today we have rain again.  What I like about summer time is the fresh food.  My garden is not large yet we have carrots, beans, beets, cucumbers, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, and asparagus.   We have raspberry bushes and blackberry bushes.  The rhubarb plants keep us supplied with all we can want to eat.  Almost everything gets eaten fresh from the garden.  Canning and freezing are done at a minimum.    What I do like to do is to make sweet pickle relish out of the larger cucumbers.  Late this summer Hannah made relish to take to 4-H fair next summer.  This is not a picture of her small cute jars of relish.  We took photos of her and her relish on her Mom's camera and I do not have them.  This is my batch of relish and my mismatched jars.  Hannah and I both love to hear the ping when the jars seal.  Warren will enjoy relish on his burgers this winter and it will make a fine addition to chicken and pork salad.

Pickle Relish
6 cups of ground cucumbers- do not peel but cut down the middle and remove seeds
1 cup ground onion
 1 teaspoon salt
Mix together and let stand for on hour. Next drain for one hour.
Combine in a kettle with
2 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
Bring to a boil and then hot pack in jars.
On recipe makes about 3 pints

(As I copied the recipe, I thought that we do not use the term kettle any more,
so this must be a very old version.)


VictoriaArt said...

You know, It is always such a bittersweet feeling to realize that summer is finally over. But once I embrace the idea of this next season, I suddenly love the rain and the cool days, wrapping myself in a loved sweater, cooking soups and watch the leaves turn on our trees!
Yesterday we had a rainstorm, lasting on and off the whole day! All is soaked...
We had our first logs in the fireplace!
I will try your recipe, we never use relish, but this looks like I will like it too!


pve design said...

My Grandmother made the best pickles!
It is raining here and the wind is blowing.
Thanks for your kind comments and for reading my blog via google reader,
best to you-

Millie said...

I envy your rhubarb Rebecca - I noticed at the store today it was AU$5.50/lb! Daylight robbery I reckon.
Millie ^_^