It's that time of the year again....and I love it! Canning season. While freezing and drying certain foods are great ways for beginning food preservers to put up the harvest, canning is a time-honored tradition for my farm family.
It can be a little intimidating for those who haven’t had the pleasure of doing it alongside grandma or mom, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. This is my Mom's recipe for dill pickles. She always put a glove of garlic and a red pepper in every jar to make them a little "Spicy". And I grow my own dill to put in my dill pickles. There is nothing like fresh dill in a jar of pickles.....and there's nothing like that fresh smell of dill on your hands when you pick it.
And then I get out my crock and make up a few batches of Lime Sweet Pickles (also Mama's recipe). The recipe calls for green food coloring in the mixture to make beautiful jars of green sweet pickles.
I always make up batches of pickles, stewed tomatoes, salsa, and spaghetti sauce each year for Christmas for my kids. It's always a holiday favorite.
So can up some healthy, preservative free foods and memories for your family this year.