Daily Archives: August 23, 2010

Struggled with this one.

I’m feeling better now, but while I was working to get this meal on the table I was running pretty low blood sugars.  This makes me snap angrily at Mrs J when she intrudes into my kitchen and tends to keep me busy but doing damn little to actually finish the doing.  I finally muddled through, even got some pics for ya, such is my dedication.  You’ve seen it here before (today is rerun day, lol) and may well see it again because we eat this a lot.  It’s pretty on the table and tastes great.  See if you can guess what we had.

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Daikon/Carrot Pickle-Take Two

Did this one before but I’m using a different recipe for this batch.  Last time the recipe was for what is known as a refrigerator pickle.  Usually the batches are small and the resulting pickled whatever is expected to be consumed quickly and in the meantime open jars are kept  refrigerated.  Closed jars last for weeks rather than months or years as when the pickles are processed in a boiling water bath or are pressure canned.  Also, I didn’t really appreciate the daikon/carrot mix until I had buried my first batch under loads of other garden produce-onions and peppers for the most part. I intend to keep these as they are right now.

Roughly, this is the recipe I followed today:  3 cups water, 3 cups white vinegar, 1-1/2 cups of sugar, and a tablespoon of grated ginger root.  I julienned the radish and a bag of carrots with my fancy gadget while the liquids came to a boil and the sugar dissolved.  I dumped the veggies into the boiling mixture and let it return to a simmer.  Gave it all a few minutes while I prepared some pint jars and the pressure canner.  It took five pint jars to hold it all, probably would have taken six had I not really crammed the stuff into the first two jars thinking I didn’t have as many jars ready as I would need.  I guessed wrong.  Anyway, I gave the five jars 10 minutes at 10 pounds pressure and then let them cool down on the stove while I fixed and ate dinner.

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