The September 2010 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by John of Eat4Fun. John chose to challenge The Daring Cooks to learn about food preservation, mainly in the form of canning and freezing. He challenged everyone to make a recipe and preserve it. John’s source for food preservation information was from The National Center for Home Food Preservation.
This month has been crazy busy for me! John challenged us to make an apple butter, which I promise! I’ll make in the upcoming weeks as I usually can a big batch of it every year. But between the blog, the multiple conferences, the Kelloggs breakfast (which is happening this morning!), school starting back up, and so much more, I just didn’t get to it in time for today’s post. What I was able to accomplish, however, was canning a few buckets of homemade pickles about 4 weeks back with Alex, my four year old, who just happens to be completely addicted to the salty treats. And, seeing as though they need to sit for about 4 to 6 weeks before eating them in order to reach their full “picklability”, the timing turned out to be perfect for this challenge.
Just a note, that if you’re new to canning, you should definitely read up a bit on canning safety and ways to be sure your food is properly preserved. The book that I use and love is Preserving the Harvest. There is, of course, a wealth of knowledge on the internet as well. Finally Daring Cooks provided it’s cooks with a very informative PDF on canning to help us along with the challenge. Feel free to check it out.
Oke Doke, let’s whip up a batch of pickles!