I have been making pickles. It is really satisfying. Here we have spicy green beans, spicy carrots and maraschino cherries. The cherries are the real thing—made with maraschino liquor—nothing like the candied ones you buy at the supermarket.
Since making these I made another batch of spicy carrots, using purple carrots and spicy asparagus. I like my pickles spicy I guess, because thus far I have put hot peppers in every jar.
My main source and reference has been "Canning for a new Generation". In addition to being packed full of delicious recipes, the author made it easy to get past my fear of "doing it wrong" and killing all of my loved ones with rampid case of botulism.
Pickling cucumbers are in season now, so they are next up on the list, and I have plans for okra when it comes into season in august.
I am very much enjoying summer this year. Lots of park days, camping, hiking, bikes, happy hours and brunch out doors. Here is to summer!