Red Pickle Sticks – Cinnamon Pickles

I don’t need to tell you how busy you can get and not realize how much time has past! I haven’t posted since July, and I apologize for that. We had several family emergencies and issues all hit at once, it seemed. It took me months just to get to the point of being upright again, and I wasn’t even any of the people stuff was happening to.

I tried to keep sane with mentally thinking about the garden for next year, the Christmas presents I was sewing, and things like that. So it was, bad things do pass, thankfully.

I promised I would post a recipe I got from my husband’s family, Cinnamon Pickles!

That would be the jar with the red contents in the picture below.

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After the garden dropped its final batch of produce, the end numbers were staggering. My last post was in the midst of our 1st picking of green beans. At the end of the total, our numbers were something like:

4 (yes, 4!) HUMUNGOUS pickings of green beans that were big enough to be snakes – I gifted away something like 6 -5 gallon bucks, and took 2 bucks to the local food bank so that the beans wouldn’t go bad. We canned some 70-odd jars of green beans, froze around 20 lbs out of the ones we didn’tgive away.

Same amount in the Hungarian wax pepper department. I was begging people to take peppers, and we made batches of pepper jelly and so did our friends.
The spaghetti squash ended up being rather terrifying in size, and I think we got 9 of those, and we ended up cutting several in half and freezing them, while also gifting away to anyone who wanted one. The zucchini were also terrifying, and my friend has a picture of her daughter posing with one that is as long as she is. I have a zucchini relish recipe that is suppose to take something like 3 small zucchini (6 cups shredded) – that didn’t even go through a 3rd of one of my smaller ones!

The cucumbers were just as terrifying in numbers. We did so many types of pickles and went through every Mrs. Wages packet and recipe book we could.

Just in pickles alone, we did:
– lime pickles
– bread and butter pickles
– dill pickles
– spicy dill pickles
– polish bread and butter pickles
– cinnamon pickles, etc. plus a few more I can’t remember off the top of my head.

My heirloom tomatoes were gigantic, I literally had, at one point, a single tomato that was about 2 lbs. It had a rough diameter of > 6 inches! Sadly, with the rain, my biggest problem was the tomatoes rotting, even though they were tied up!
At the end, the corn and the lima beans didn’t do so well.
We had a great amount of rain, and that definitely helped.

My husband topped all of this by randomly showing up with 12 dozens ears of fresh corn from his grandparents one weekend

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Zucchini and Pepper Relish

So currently, I am making zucchini and pepper relish from out of my Food in Jars cookbook. I am munching on some guacamole (recipe later) as I wait for things to simmer.

I have grated six cups of zucchini, chopped six cups of peppers, and grated two and a half cups of onions. This has been cooked in two cups of apple cider vinegar, and it just spent 30 minutes reducing. First off, the biggest thing that jumped out was the change in color. I decided to add some color and threw in one red pepper with the green peppers- I think it definitely added some good color as the green peppers turned very pale after reducing.

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Now I randomly decided to film bits as I was trying this recipe. Unfortunately, since I am a cheap-sake and do not wish to spend $8 a year on the off chance I might upload a video every now and then, I am going to post it onto my youtube channel and then put the link here! It’s a kind of a spur of the moment thing and as long as I don’t get any wildly inappropriate remarks, I might do it again.

I simmered my relish mixture again with the required spices added in.

I am about to pack it into jars.

I have the jars in the canner, and once it reaches a rolling boil, it has to process for 10 minutes.

They seem very pretty and when I tried the smidgen of what I had left over, the relish was pretty good! It will get even better as it sits and has a chance to meld over the next few weeks.

I hope that the video helps a little bit as I know my writing can be a bit hard to follow sometime. Then again, my speaking is not much better.

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The finished product!