Thursday, August 27, 2015

Preserving the harvest

Things seem to be slowing down a bit in our world, although I am sure it is just a lull between seasons. Our garden did absolutely outstanding this year. I contribute a big part of that success to Truckin' Man. With him not being over the road trucking anymore, he was able to help out a fair amount and that really helped keep the weeds minimized.

We had so many vegetables, I finally made the investment in a Foodsaver. 
My only regret is that I didn't have it here in time for the berries.

All the peppers sliced up, ready for fajitas. 
The air that the Foodsaver pulls out, still amazes me every time I use it.

Since there were still so many veggies, I took the leap into the world of canning.
First up was a Southern Pickled Relish. It's sooo yummy!

Then with the 500 million sweet banana peppers, I made Pickled Banana Peppers. 
Haven't tried tasting them yet, but we will soon!

Jam. I had to make some jam with all the Blackberries.

 And, how about some Peach Jalapeno Jam? Ooooh, this is tasty!

Salsa. Where to start. I tried one recipe, just to see what it entailed, and I am sure it will be good, but... The second recipe I tried from my friend Mary, I can just see the difference, and know this will be delicious. Click here for the recipe.

I am absolutely loving preserving all the goodness from our garden this year. It will be quite a while before I feel confident enough in what I am doing to share any recipes. But, for those of you looking for recipes, please check out these great places where I have been doing most of my learning! 


  1. Everything looks amazing - oh my goodness! I love the fajita ready peppers - genius my friend! I'm sad that our garden is slowing down too but it's been a wonderful season! You will be enjoying all that goodness in the months ahead! :)

  2. Mmmm... everything looks fabuous! And pickled banana peppers! YUM!! Happy weekend, my friend.

  3. What a great harvest! I esp. love those pickled sweet banana peppers.

  4. I agree on the food saver. I wish I had bought one much earlier, they are amazing

  5. Okay. You have inspired me. Tomorrow I'll pull out all the equipment and get busy. I love it in January when I have these goodies from the summer. Have a great weekend.
    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

  6. Wow, you have been busy! Everything looks so good. And I know the relish is wonderful. Thank you again for sharing with us. :-))
    I do not have a food saver, how do they work?

  7. peach jalapeno jam sounds AWESOME! you're definitely an accomplished preserver. :)

  8. You've been busy and it all looks so wonderful. There is nothing to beat home-made.

  9. You make me smile! Thanks for the mention and so happy to see your awesome products! That Peach and Jalapeno is killer as is the salsa!!!