My first canning experience
Heeeyyyy, I actually DID it! Step one of my New Years resolution to learn how to preserve food before this summer arrives. I must confess, that this was extremely intimidating at first. I spent a lot of time doing internet searches and trying to get solid advice from people I know. I managed to get a great recipe for pickled green tomato’s (have to wait until summer) and find some good options online. I also managed to almost talk myself out of it because there seems like there is so much additional stuff needed that I just don’t currently have room for. Anyway, that wasn’t the case…as you can see.
Since I’m a total amateur with this, I only did the one can. It would be so upsetting if I did make a huge pile of pickles which turned out horribly and ultimately made everyone ill. Yikes :/ OK, so I do the one jar. I kind of made my own version of an appetizer recipe that my mother sometimes makes.
What she does is places sliced cucumbers and sliced white onions in a dish and covers them with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. (This mix is heated so that 1 sugar cube can disintegrate and then pours it over the cucumbers in the dish and tops with a bit of pepper) She then puts it into the refrigerator to cool for about an hour before serving.
What I did was basically the same thing. (especially since I’m expecting that these will be opened and devoured ASAP) I sanitized the jar and lid, washed and sliced a large fresh cucumber and a white onion. I layered the cucumber and onion in the jar, topping each layer with 3-4 sichuan pepper corns. I repeated this until I had it all packed in up to where the jar begins to bottleneck. I boiled a really small pot of a 3/4 vinegar & 1/4 water mix, and added 1 sugar cube. When it was boiling rapidly, I poured the mix over the cucumbers in the jar until it just covered the vegetables inside. Then I put the lid on moderately tight and left to sit. After an hour, the little bubble on the lid was flat and it was sealed. Now it’s just sitting on the cutting board pickling and looking pretty 🙂
I have no idea how it tastes, but it looks good… so I’m thinking ‘Not too shabby, eh?!’ 😀
My next preserving experiment to come soon. How are your resolutions coming along? The daily post has a great feed discussing this topic.
Thanks for reading!