Spring has come early this year so I am in rush to harvest and use all my Jerusalem artichokes because they are starting to sprout! So what better way to preserve then pickling? I pulled a recipe from the National Center for Home Food Preservation and scaled it down (who needs 10-20 PINTS of pickled Jerusalem artichokes?!) This recipe below should yield about 12 pints or 14 max. You will need two days to do this recipe because you have to let it sit for 24 hours before pickling. I actually like the fact you do it over two days…two short projects before bed instead of one long one and going to bed too late 🙂
Pickling Spice is something you have to plan on ordering online or know which grocery store actually carries it in stock so why not make your own pickling spice? It is super easy! Recipe below make 1/2 cup.
- 1 Tsp ground ginger
- 2 bay leaves crumbled
- 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
- 6 whole cloves
- 2 Tbsp whole mustard seeds
- 2 Tsp whole coriander seed
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes, more if you want more kick
- 1 Tbsp whole allspice berries
Place everything in a container you can put a lid on. Shake it up! You are done, no joke. Now go get your pickling on!
2. Freezer Space: You save freezer space. Not everyone has room for a chest freezer or the desire to have one. By canning you avoid filling up more freezer space. If you live in an area where power is lost frequently too this is another bonus.
3. The Flavor: Canned fruit and veggies in a glass mason jar are taste better than the canned ones at the store by far!
4. The Memories: Cracking open a jar of your own canned food often brings back memories… maybe you picked the fruit at an orchard with your kids or you had a great time nurturing that particular veggie along that year.
5. Be Prepared: If natural disaster strikes you will be well stocked with food to eat! Seriously our friends mention if there is one they are coming to our house! 🙂
6. Less Time Shopping: Canned foods on hand will mean less shopping at the grocery store. Salsa, tomatoes, green beans etc…all right there.
7. Gifts: Canned goods make awesome gifts! If you have an unexpected party come up you can take a few decorated cans instead of a bottle of wine!
8. Reduce waste: You can reduce the amount of waste or recycling in your house. Mason jars can be used over and over for years and you can buy reusable canning lids called Tattlers.
9. Your Health: You can eliminate BPA from your canned goods since the jars are glass and the lids are BPA free!
10. Money, Money: Yes save money! Do you know how much organic canned food is? It can get pricey! Hope these reasons get you thinking about starting to can!! Browse My Favorite Things shop to get your canning gear!
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