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YOURS: This week's "YOUR" goes to The Newlyweds for their recipe for easy refrigerator pickles! I loved this because you can make pickles without having to use a hot bath or a pressure cooker. I'm so excited to try this! I hope mine turn out as delicious-looking as The Newlywed's did...
Thank you so much, Newlyweds, for this inspiration and I look forward to reporting on this next week. For their entire post, click HERE.
MINE: In the small Mexican farm town in which I live, bottling garden produce is a way of life. It's just what you do in the summer and since I've moved here, I've felt like somewhat of a bottling outcast as I have never bottled anything in my life. About two weeks ago, however, I was able to attend a very well-done, inspiration bottling class given by a friend and I feel that my life will now improve dramatically as I can now feel more a sense of self-worth, frugality and industry, and, to be honest, fit in better with my peers in our village. During the class, I was literally awestruck when I learned how one can bottle dry beans without pre-soaking or cooking them. If you know me, you know I love to fix beans, such as in this recipe...
(Click the photo for the recipe)
...but it takes a lot of pre-planning, something which, as I've admitted in earlier posts, is not one of my fortes. Thus you can see why I was twitter-pated when I learned of this method. I will post the recipe as it was taught to me, but personally, I believe it was a bit too salty, so the next time I will half the amount of salt. Here it is
Bottling Dry Beans
1 cup beans (I used a 15-bean mix)
1 teaspoon salt
Any other spices desired, such as garlic or onion powder (optional)
Step 1: Pour the beans, salt and optional ingredients into a one-quart mason jar.
Step 2: Fill the jar to the rim with water.
Step 3: Screw on the lid and process in a pressure cooker as per the manufacturer's instructions.
When you are finished, make sure to carefully lift out the jars with a tool designed specifically for this purpose...
...and place overnight on your counter, undisturbed. I can't remember why this step is important, but it is, so just do it. (L., if you are reading this post, perhaps you can enlighten us?)
When we served up the beans for lunch the next day, I spooned them out into a pot, added more water to give it the soup consistency I was looking for, and simply heated it up 'til it was good and warm. This was so surprisingly easy and I am so grateful for smart people like L. who open my mind and make my world a better place!
OURS: Okay, now it's your turn! Let's see what wonderful ideas you homemakers have for us today. If you have any canning or bottling tips, I'd sure love to see some of that! Thanks for visiting and/or linking up today. I hope you have a great Homemaker Monday!
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