This is how I spent most of my Saturday.
If you've ever gardened, you know that squash waits for no man. You either fry it, boil it, use it in a casserole, can it, freeze it, or make it into a relish.
Do any of you have other ways to fix yellow squash?
This variety happens to be yellow straight neck squash. The onions are green onions from my garden and genuine Georgia Vidalia onions (the BEST onion in the world) A little Trivia: Vidalia Onions are only grown within a 50 mile radius of Vidalia, Ga due to the special soil composition. Vidalia onions can be grown other places but won't have the same flavor as *certified* Vidalia onions from Vidalia, Georgia
16 pints of SQUASH PICKLE
Next batch, I'll add more red & green peppers for color
I had NO TIME for Sewing today even though I am on a deadline for 2 quilts. But like I said, Squash waits for no man...or woman.
SQUASH PICKLE RECIPE
8 C. YELLOW SQUASH sliced thin
2 C. ONIONS ( I Like Vidalia but I also used green onions from my garden) sliced thin
4 BELL PEPPERS ( I used 1 red, 1 orange, 2 green. I will add more red next time)
2 t. CELERY SEED
2 t.MUSTARD SEED
3 c. SUGAR
KOSHER SALT to sprinkle over veggies
Combine Squash and onions in large bowl, sprinkle kosher salt over veggies, set aside for 1 hr.
Drain Liquid off and rinse veggies with cold water...Drain
Combine vinegar, sugar, celery seed, mustard seed, & peppers.
Bring to Hard Boil.
Add Squash & Onion
Pack in Hot Jars & Seal.
10 min. waterbath
If you are unfamiliar with canning procedures, Google "canning procedures" and make sure you follow guidelines. The guidelines have been relaxed over the years but I take extra precaution to make sure my jars are clean, nick free, and HOT. Some folks keep their jars in a warm oven while canning but I keep them in my large pressure cooker with boiling water.
SQUASH PICKLE IS GREAT SERVED WITH BEANS: PINTO BEANS OR MY FAVORITE WHITE NORTHERN BEANS. IT IS ALSO GOOD USED ON A SUB SANDWICH OR HAM SANDWICH.
I'm a busy gal during the summer despite battling my first cold in over 4 years!
My sweet Tractor man planted 2 huge gardens full of exactly what I requested so I can't allow one little veggie to go to waste. With the cost of produce rising like everything else, preserving food has taken on a new importance. Plus, there is a real sense of accomplishment seeing those jars of veggies sitting on my kitchen counter!
(Psst..Come back for MY NEXT POST with pictures of my latest Pound Cake. It is proof that not everything I make turns out exactly right. Can we say, CAKE DISASTER 2013?!)