A wild weekend awaits

Okay, so a few days ago, I was at my local Shoppers Drug Mart (big pharmacy here in Ontario) and came across a book KEL had told me about: Put Em Up from Storey Publishing (which, I notice, also has home brewing recipe books.  Uh-0h.

Nice book.

Put em up has canning/drying/freezing techniques and recipes, and also recipe suggestions of what to do with some of the stuff you  make (what to do with that lovely carrot slaw?  Just read the book).  It’s a nice lookin’ book.

So of course I bought it.  I also bought the razors and deodorant I was looking for–I ended up spending $80 at the drug store.  Impulse shopping is always a hazard.

Anyway, I am contemplating something I vowed I’d not do again: long crazy weekends of canning.

This weekend, I already need to brew, bottle and rack.  that is, put my IPA into a secondary fermenter, brew a Pumpkin porter to put on the yeastcake from that IPA, and bottle the Raspberry Porter.

On top of that, I am now facing the adventure of making:

  1. Charred Chili BBQ sauce;
  2. Charred chili salsa;
  3. Corn salsa;
  4. Roasted Pepper Ketchup;
  5. Marinara sauce;
  6. Apple Preserves;
  7. Apple Sauce;
  8. Spiced apple chutney.

I think I can hold off on the apples for a few weeks, since the season is just kicking into high gear. But I need to address the tomato-based products soon.  I’ve already bought 2 dozen more pint jars, 1 dozen more of quart and 250ml jars.  I’m going to clean out some 1/2 cup jars (4oz) that had jam that didn’t seal.

Help me.  I’m out of control.


About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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