Pickled Okra

Pickled Okra

Today has been a busy day! Between cleaning house (yuck), maintaining the garden, dehydrating apples, and finally getting around to canning, I am just now sitting down!

July 3, 2017 HarvestThe garden is doing fantastic! Today we officially pulled our first red tomatoes in addition to 3 jalapeños, 3 bell peppers, 2 banana peppers, a number of green beans, and some more cucumbers and okra! Since we are quickly accumulating okra, it was time to do something before they start going bad. After last year’s abundance of okra (which we fried, pickled, and froze) we decided to plant 8 times as many okra (aka we realized how much we love it!). With that being said, today’s task was pickled okra. There are a number of variations of pickled okra, but this (below) is what we found that we like the most.

Oh, before we get going – let’s backtrack to those Drunken Cherries for a second. They barely made it the 24 hour waiting period before we popped open a jar of bourbon cherries. I am not a huge fan of Bourbon but boy were these delicious! We used 1 tbsp of bourbon per jar – they definitely smelled like bourbon but not nearly as potent to the taste – yummy!

Now, lets get back on track – Pickled Okra!

Pickled Okra [yield: (3) Quarts]

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Jams and Jellies made by Caitlin's Canning Kitchen

Now what?

If you are anything like I was when starting out – you have jam’s and jellies coming out your ears. It is only when you take a look at your pantry (or wherever you store your delicious goods) that you realize you most likely aren’t going to use 40+ jars of jam/jelly anytime soon. Yes, I make a good point to give plenty to friends and family (as long as they promise to return my jars) but I enjoy finding ways to use my goods.

Below are a number of ways that I have found that jams and jellies can be used…

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Pineapple Slicer and Corer

So, as you know – I got a Stainless Steel Pineapple Slicer and Corer to make the Caramelized Pineapple-Habanero Salsa. First off, it was super cheap online and had awesome reviews – I decided to give it a try.

When I got it, I was surprised by how tiny the box was (pineapples for scale). I opened it to find it in two segments (duh!) that easily snap together. Overall the tool is very lightweight and easy to assemble.

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Reason why I home preserve

I’m sure many people wonder why a twenty-something is canning. “Isn’t that for grandmas?” No! It is for everyone – boys, girls, young children, to the not-so-young children.

Endless Food Preservation Ideas

As many of you know by now, I’ve wanted to grow my own garden for a long time. I wanted to be able to provide fresh foods (and save money!). Many people set out creating the largest garden possible with the same goals but can easily have so much fresh produce that they either give it away (which is good!) or they leave it to rot. I have had some people ask me personally what to do with hundreds of tomatoes when they simply can’t eat them all not realizing there are other options! In this case, my suggestion to them was to freeze to can later on.

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