Monthly Archives: September 2022

End of the Cucumbers

As I mentioned in previous posts it was a stellar year for growing cucumbers. I lost track of how many jars of various of pickles I canned. The cucumber plants did stop producing and the vines dried up, so my husband has pulled them out and added them to the compost pile.

We gave cucumbers to family, friends and neighbors – pretty much anyone who we came in contact with was a least offered some cucumbers. I guess by early this week we had also had our fill of fresh cucumbers since there were four cucumbers that had been sitting in the refrigerator for several days and neither my husband nor I had offered up any suggestions on what we should do with them.

On Wednesday it occurred to me, I hadn’t saved any cucumber for one of my favorite soap recipes. That’s right – soap. I created this recipe several years ago. It contains cucumber and yogurt and has rosemary infused into the olive oil. Since many of the ingredients might be found in a salad, I named it Salad Bar (as in bar of soap). Don’t Eat It!

I pureed those last four cucumbers and put the puree in the freezer until I have time to turn it into soap.

If anyone is interested in this soap recipe leave me a comment and I will post it for you.

Thanks for visiting.

More Canning

Hello and welcome.

Last week’s canning and preserving efforts resulted in 14 quarts of tomato juice, 7 pints of pickled banana peppers and 6 half pints of ketchup. We dehydrated another batch of potatoes and a batch of eggplant. I also put about 6 gallon-size bags of tomatoes in the freezer because I just didn’t have time to can them. They will keep well there until I get around to them.

Cooking Ketchup

For the pickled peppers and the ketchup, I used recipes from the Ball Blue Book. We haven’t tasted the peppers yet, but my husband says he never wants to eat store bought ketchup again.

There are still tomatoes ripening and this week’s tomato canning efforts (juice and ketchup) are underway. So, if you’re looking for me, I’ll likely be in the kitchen. 🙂

Until next time be well.

Do you like ketchup? What is your favorite condiment?