My garden was pretty much non-existent due to chickens, deer and an early freeze that I wasn't watching for, so I took a trip to the produce stand and came home with a car full. I am working on all sorts of things right now.
I suppose I should start at the beginning though.
We needed to clean out the freezer of the last of the deer meat from last year to get ready for this years hunting season, so we decided to make up summer sausage. A friend of my husbands made the seasoning mix. It turned our very good. We were able to make 15 sticks of sausage. This will be a great treat through football season. Home made sausage with cheese and crackers. :-)
We smoked the sausage on our bbq with hickory chips.
This was a fun new project for us all. And then on to another new project that I decided to tackle, diced green chilies. I am tired of spending so much money on a can of diced chilies and getting something with a mediocre taste, so while I was at the produce stand, I saw they had a bunch of anaheim peppers and decided now was the time to give it a try.
First I roasted them on the grill.
Then I put them in a ziploc to sweat for about 20 min. Actually, I learned later that they should sweat for 30 min to an hour.
Then I peeled and seeded the peppers. I also learned after that I probably did not do myself any favors by not starting off with nice firm peppers. Some were a bit shriveled, but I thought it wouldn't matter since I was roasting them anyway. The peppers that were not firm at the beginning were a PAIN to peel! Note for next time. :-)
Then finally, I chopped, divided, and packaged the finished product. I didn't end up with many packages, but it was a trial run and I learned A LOT! Next time I will have the confidence to purchase many more and put up enough to last a while. I would like to can them next time, but this time I didn't have the right sized jars, so into the freezer they go.
More projects are on the horizon, but this is all for now. I have to get up and get busy.