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Patsi at "A Working Pantry" (in the blog roll) had posted a recipe for 'Yellow Squash Pickles' on the 26th, this seemed like too much coincidence so I figured this was going to be the perfect thing to try. My friend Anita had been telling me about her new food processor and kept volunteering herself and the appliance to help with harvesting and preserving, boy is she regretting that now!! (not really, we did have a good time!) We discussed it and decided that we would use the food processor and do our sauerkraut on the same day. We began our morning with a cup of coffee and some planning and then we went to work!
First we did the slicing and dicing of yellow squash, onions and red bell pepper. The squash and onions sit under ice for a couple of hours with salt on them. They will be drained but not rinsed to put in jars. While the squash were soaking, we started shredding the cabbage for our kraut. (the full kraut recipe is here)
Boiling the liquid and packing the jars, and then filling the jars sealing and water bathing, with two of us each doing something in the process it really didn't take much time and Anita had almost all the dishes done by the time the water bath was done! That is a true friend in my mind! :)
So here is the final tally - 23 pints of sauerkraut quietly, and nearly odorlessly, fermenting.
And 20 pints of yellow squash pickles, all the lids have sealed now.
Not bad for about 6 hours work and a couple of breaks!!
I am not sure that there are many things more satisfying on the homemaking front than jars of produce lined up ready to be stored for the winter season. It doesn't really matter if you do it to be frugal (the price ranges from $0.68 for the regular stuff at Walmart to $20.00 for organic raw, our cost was roughly $.25 a jar) to be prepared (so as not to be the one standing in front of the empty store shelves when the storm is predicted), because you like knowing what is in your food (yup, water, salt and cabbage), or a combination of all three like I do - it is a good feeling. And it truly was funner with a friend! We are now thinking of adding a couple more friends for peach season!