Sunday, September 20, 2009

Berries and Pears... Oh, My!

After picking blackberries for a couple of hours yesterday, I grabbed a 5 gal bucket and went around picking up windfall pears. Jim said there was a bear in the neighborhood, so I didn't want to leave an open invitation to wildlife to drop by and help themselves to goodies! I have four of these buckets now, and all I've managed to do with them is dry some, and make some pear butter. They are super-sweet and juicy... I'm not sharing with bears!
Since Henry has really sensitive teeth, he can't eat Blackberry Jam... I decided to surprise him! I removed the seeds from the Blackberries (with a sieve, almost like making jelly, but I used a large enough mesh to allow most of the pulp through) He was pretty pleased.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pickles, Anyone?

Hey, look at that!
I made pickles... maybe. They have to sit for three weeks to mellow, then we can see how they really taste. When I tasted the "product" before I put the jars in the canner for processing, they were pretty good. We'll see what they are like when I get back from Palm Desert on the 15th or so. I hope they are good, I love sweet pickles!