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Michael Trew wrote:

> On 6/13/2021 12:52 AM, GM wrote:
> > On Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:29:00 PM UTC-5, Michael Trew wrote:
> >> I'm not sure what recently compelled me to make a double recipe of toll
> >> house cookies, but it somehow came out to be about 9 dozen cookies. In
> >> a house without A/C on a near 90 degree day, that wasn't my smartest idea.
> >>
> >> I decided to turn off the the pilot lights on my stove to save on heat
> >> in the kitchen, and supper was just a cold chipped chopped ham and
> >> provolone sandwich. The humidity has my fridge desperately needing
> >> defrosted as well. I suppose it's all better than snow, however.

> >
> >
> > Years ago I used to do a lot of home canning. I didn't have A/C, and I'd often choose the hottest days to can. It would be SO hot that it would be a "transcedental" experience - and accompanied by LOTS of ice - cold beer....
> >
> > Couldn't do that now, I'd surely croak...
> >

> I have grandma's old huge enamel pot with the wire rack in the bottom.
> I might pick up some Ball jars and try my hand at canning this year. I
> planted a dozen tomato plants, so why not?

I made a lot of stuff for holiday giving. Brandied cherries, pickled okra, chow - chow, and dilly beans were always a HUGE hit, makes a unique gift. I'd use pint jars for the gifts, a recipient would get two or more jars, fancily garnished with a nice ribbon and labelled...peeps would "oooh" and "aaah" when receiving...

Cantaloupe and watermelon pickles are great, and also something "unusual",...

You can also make refrigerator pickles, right now I am using up some fresh and frozen stuff to make corn relish (red/green peppers, celery, red onion, sliced garlic, frozen corn, diced cukes), I always have this on hand...very easy to make...

Wiki: "How do you make refrigerator pickles?

How to Make Refrigerator Pickles: Step 1: Fill clean jar with thinly sliced cucumbers (ideally Kirby). Step 2: Stir brine ingredients together (kosher salt, vinegar and chopped fresh dill) and pour over cucumber slices. Step 3: Close jar lid and shake to distribute brine. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours then enjoy!"

The only "dud" I had was ketchup, tried several times, but the result was always poor, this despite following exact directions...

It is *critical* you follow canning safety guidelines (but you surely already know that). I once made a batch of tomatoes that caused several of us (we were at a cookout) to become quite ill, in hindsight we were very lucky that it was not worse...

Go he

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