Sunday, October 2, 2011

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival

October Topic: "Lets Talk About Food!"
The weather is cooling, Fall cooking season is 'round the corner. Tell us about some of your eating habits, philosophies, favorite foods and share a seasonal recipe!

 When I come home after a long day, I actually find that preparing a meal to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. I love food preparation, shopping, cookbook collecting, and of course, eating!  When my family moved from Boston out to the suburbs, one of the advantages was starting a garden in the yard. This has started my interest in food preserving, primarily canning and pickling excess produce, to enjoy throughout the year.  I always thought of canning as outdated, but it has lately experienced a resurgence, due to people's desire to eat seasonally and locally. It is also economical and I think, fun and crafty.

Here is an awesome book on the subject, but there are many great info sources on the web, click on the recipe links below to view a few recipes I have tried... 

This summer we have had a great tomato and veg season and I have canned at least:

6 pints of tomato chutney
4 1/2 pints of bbq sauce
9 quarts of tomato sauce
6 pints of salsa
8 pints of strawberry balsamic black pepper jam
5 pints of indian chutney
10 pints of spicy corn relish
4 quarts of pickled carrots 
6 quarts of dilly beans

A bit obsessive, I know. It satisfies my hoarding impulse. There is also something very satisfying about lining up all of the jars on shelves in the basement, Mission accomplished!

Check out the responses of fellow EtsyMetal blog carnival participants: 

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