Thursday, March 25, 2010

Grow Your Own and Can your Own.

I found this great site with loads of information. This particular page is for canning tomatoes. This is the method I use to can tomatoes. Except I also add 1/4 tsp. salt to each quart jar.

Thought I'd pass this along to anyone interested in trying this. I once heard someone say canning was a lost art. Hopefully not lost. I learned from my mom, aunt and grandma. Its so much better, healthier and economical to grow and can your own. Its well worth the effort, especially when you're able to use your own tomatoes in the dead of winter to make soup, spaghetti sauce, chili, etc. etc. WELL WORTH IT!

Plus, if you make it yourself you know exactly what is in it.

As a bonus, I'm including one of my favorite canned items of all time. Green tomato relish. This stuff is great on greens, beans, hotdogs... If you've ever had chow chow its alot like that.

Green Tomato Relish
"This delicious, tangy relish of green tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and spices, is perfect with sandwiches, potatoes, cheese, and lots of other entrees."
24 large green tomatoes
3 red bell peppers, halved and
3 green bell peppers, halved
and seeded
12 large onions 3 tablespoons celery seed
3 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon salt
5 cups white sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1. In a grinder or food processor, coarsely grind tomatoes, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, and onions. (You may need to do this in batches.) Line a large colander with cheesecloth, place in sink or in a large bowl, and pour in tomato mixture to drain for 1 hour.

2. In a large, non-aluminum stockpot, combine tomato mixture, celery seed, mustard seed, salt, sugar, and vinegar. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Sterilize enough jars and lids to hold relish (12 one-pint jars, or 6 one-quart jars). Pack relish into sterilized jars, making sure there are no spaces or air pockets. Fill jars all the way to top. Screw on lids.

4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with boiling water. Carefully lower jars into pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary, until tops of jars are covered by 2 inches of water. Bring water to a full boil, then cover and process for 30 minutes.

5. Remove jars from pot and place on cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press top of each lid with finger, ensuring that seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Relish can be stored for up to a year.

The 7 Ways to Make Sure Your Online Business Fails

Came across this great informative blog on Artfire that has alot of great advice on succeeding with your own online business. Found the link on Twitter. Good reading. Enjoy...

Newly Added Soy Tarts

Just added 10 new soy tarts to my store. They mostly have a Celtic theme and are scented with scents like "Moonlight Musk", "Bite Me", "Dragons Blood" and "Love Spell". I had originally intended these to be included in the gift baskets for celebs and guests at TwiCon but unfortunately it got cancelled. :( So... I'm selling half of what I've made on Etsy and the other half at the A Hidden Treasure Store here in town.