Saturday, August 8, 2020

Every Bit Counts Challenge: August 8th

 I harvested approximately half a dozen cucumbers from our grow barrels and with what I had on hand, it gave me about a dozen.  I didn't need anymore relish and it was too many to leave in the refrigerator for any length of time so when I came across this Mustard Pickle recipe, I decided to give it a try.  (It sounded like something we would use and enjoy!)

This is a really pretty mixture and both my husband and I commented on how much we enjoyed the smell while it was cooking.
The finished product ... 5 pints.  We are anxious to try it but will wait a couple of weeks before we do!

I'm loving this challenge and I hope you are too, it's really keeping me motivated to add a variety of home-preserved items to my pantry.

(The Every Bit Counts Challenge is hosted by Three Rivers Homestead over on Instagram.)

Until the next post ...

patsi
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14 comments:

  1. That Mustard Pickle sounds like my kind of condiment! I am counting our trip to the discount grocery this morning as my pantry stock up for the week. We bought Keebler cookies for $1 a pkg, can't beat pecan sandies for that price! They had 5 pound bags of frozen Pizza Hut meat and marinara sauce for $1! (20 cents a pound) We got two for family get togethers coming up over the holidays. I think they will make great baked ziti. They had huge sheet pans of lemon bars for $1. We brought those home and cut them up and froze them in bags of four. They will be handy for when friends drop by to go with coffee. we got Diamond pecan pie crusts for 50 cents each. Once again thinking ahead to the holidays. We also restocked cream of celery soup for 3/$1. It was worth going out and checking for the deals.

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    1. Lana, I'm thinking ahead to the holidays too as I re-stock my pantry. I wish we had a discount grocery store, you get the best deals!

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    2. If I Google Discount Grocery Store it brings up a map with the three in my county. They can be hard to find. I would never have known about ours without friends telling me. They tend to be in low rent areas of town where we rarely go. Even if I drove past them I would not likely stop without hearing about them. I follow all of them on Facebook so I know what great deals they have.

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    3. Lana, I'll give that a try, thanks for the tip!

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  2. I love this challenge too, Patsy. The mustard pickles look delicious. I harvested one of my regrown celeries, cut it up, blanched and froze. It yielded a quart. Tomorrow I will defrost last year's strawberries make freezer jam after we live stream church. Life has sure changed.

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    1. Cookie, life has indeed changed! I used to make strawberry freezer jam every year. My children loved it!

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  3. Those pickles look lovely in those jars. I added 3kg of raspberries to my freezer today.

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  4. I made a gallon and a quart of Refrigerator pickles today. I've got beans on the stove and cornbread in the oven. We ate a pitiful looking cantaloupe for lunch. It was actually perfect inside inspite of its lumps! I need to start making posts for this hashtag. I'm trying to remember who started it. Was it you or Sarah Coller?

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    1. Laura, we love beans and cornbread and refrigerator pickles too! There's a lesson in your cantaloupe, don't judge a cantaloupe by it's appearance!

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  5. Yesterday, I made a trek to the country to scout produce. I was able to find pickle cucumbers, bell peppers -- huge ones, 2/$1, sweet corn, and Roma tomatoes for another batch of marinara. I also got a peck of peaches. We had a late spring freeze which destroyed most of the crop, so they were expensive, and that will be it for peaches this year! I also stopped at our local Ace Hardware -- they had jars! Got 3 cases of pints (what I use most) for $9.99 a case (higher than usual, but lower than any other place I checked), and I had a $5 off coupon birthday gift from them. And when I got home, I did 1/2 batch of hamburger dills. This morning will be Polish Dill spears at the request of my son-in-law.

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    1. Lori, jars and lids are more expensive and not as plentiful in our area as in years past. I don't know if there is a supply issue or if more people are canning this year. It's just another 'strange' thing that's happening this year! You did good with your outing into the country!

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  6. Will look forward to your review on the relish! Looks delish!

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    1. Deborah, if the smell, while it was cooking, is any indication it's going to be delicious!

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