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If you have followed 3 Winks Design very much, you know that Helen loves to can! (That's me!) The best time to can in Phoenix is of course in the winter months when the summer heat is not making you feel like killing anyone who turns on a stove. The problem with canning in winter is knowing where to get the produce to can! Well, I've had some adventures with that this week and lucky for me, I've been able to keep my canners busy!
Actually, before I talk about THIS week, let me tell you about the week and a half before this week.
Well, let's back up even further and talk about my Christmas gifts. I've mentioned to you that my son and dil gave me a steam canner for Christmas. I used it to process my pomegranate jelly. My dear friend Rhonda gave me a fermenting kit because she knows that I am very interested in
lacto fermentation. (Similar kit here)I have been on the lookout ever since for the right type of cucumbers for fermenting dill pickles. I finally found some acceptable ones and started that process about a week and a half ago! I'll be sharing that recipe and experience with you soon.
Then, last Friday, Anita messaged me and told me that the wholesale produce place we go to for good deals had Snapdragon apples on sale-72 of them for $25 and did I want to split a box? (We hadn't heard of that variety of apples before so we wanted to give them a try with just half a box each). Also, they had chopped carrots in a bag of 5lbs for $5! I said certainly I wanted those things and while I was working at the foodbank on Saturday morning, Anita went and picked them up and brought them to me. She also gave me a huge bag of blood oranges from her tree! Sunday I made April J. Harris' recipe for Blood Orange Pound Cake, which was delicious. I shared it with my church choir. Then, I started planning out my Monday and how I was going to process this bounty of fruit and veggies!
Here is the plan I made:
I love this plan!
You will notice that I haven't mentioned the blood oranges yet. By the time I had finished the apple butter, I was getting pretty tired and it was lunchtime. I decided to take a break, make some labels for my carrots and apple butter and probably juice the oranges tomorrow! Plus, I do have some left-over carrots so I am researching how I want to pickle them.
This is so much fun! There is nothing like the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of my labors lined up on my pantry shelves!
Be sure to watch for the recipes to come! Pickles, Juicing Pulp Apple Butter (that sounds weird, I'll come up with a better name, lol), things to do with blood oranges and pickled carrots!
If you are interested in any of the equipment that I have been using, click on the pictures below!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!