Canning Week!

These cherry tomatoes are my favorite treat!  Love to snack on them!
Wednesday morning I intended to check out the garden and of course enjoy the beautiful morning.  Unbeknown-st to me the garden had exploded since I last harvested Saturday!  I carried 5dishpans of cucumbers, green beans, peppers, and tomatoes to the kitchen.  Each time I returned to the garden I found yet another cucumber! 

There were two pans plus of the cukes!
Almost a gallon of beans.
Two dishpans of tomatoes.
Beautiful fragrant basil goes into my canned tomatoes.
After canning 40 pounds of tomatoes Monday and Tuesday I really was not looking to do much more but I am...can't let things go to waste.  You would think with only 4 cucumber plants this harvest unlikely.

40 pounds of tomatoes yielded 16 quarts of lovely tomatoes.
Here are my favorite tomato and tomato sauce recipes.  But, I do admit to adapting even my own favorite recipes by this year tossing in a fresh clove of garlic into each jar!   Just click on the links that follow to take a peek at the recipes.   and for sauce

This is a recipe I LOVE for sweet and chunky hand cut pickle relish and I have it going right now.  I use it in potato salads, tuna salads, ham salad, chicken salad, macaroni salad, and more!  So very handy as well as delicious.     Just click on the lick to check these recipes and directions out.

I have also been working on two more pickle recipes and look forward to sharing them too!

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