Jul. 13, 2011 11:35 pm
Updated: Jul. 15, 2011 12:34 am
I might ask of myself, "what the "H" was I THINKING! Well, it was not the worst day to tackle this endeaver... it was only 102F when I put the canner on the stove... I've looked at the recipe for Watermelon Pickles half a dozen times, and thought "how
strange..." each time. After chopping up half of a watermelon yesterday, I put the rinds in to brine overnight, per the directions. It wasn't until this afternoon, that I had to deal with it all, one way or another. What surprised me most, was that before
I even removed the jars from the canning rack, they had all "popped" in that unique way freshly canned products do.
I was also surprised that the two lbs, approx 6 C of chopped rind, produced only 5 half pint jars. Of course, the recipe predicted only 4... thankfully I had sterilized one extra, for the "just in case" factor! Afterword, I did a quick inventory of my homemade
goods, and printed labels for these new additions, as well as for any and all jars that I'd only stuck a piece of masking tape on... I'm using return address labels, which are working out quite well for me, in fact. Nothing fancy, just name of contents,
and the date they were canned. While they remove easily, they seem to stay put as long as needed.
With that chore finished, I turned off the last (of three) burners, and waited for the kitchen to cool down, before debating the dinner issue.
Most of the mess is cleaned up... except the canner (still full of water,) and one pot. I do believe that next, if anything, it will be time for strawberry freezer jam! Although, I did find a recipe for a microwaved jam which is neither cooked, nor frozen...
but simply refrigerated. I doubt it will hang around long at all... so there will be no worry as to it spoiling!
So, barring being deemed "certifiable" I'm in hopes of continuing per the norm... rather than taking a long vacation at the funny farm! (Wonder if they'd let me cook?)
Be healthy, be happy, be crazy... just leave the pot boiling equipment safely stored until cooler days!