life Of Food and Love: pickling pickling tomatoes
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
So, tonight was an adventure! I finally pickled some of the tomatoes from our garden. On one side of my stove, I was making this EXCELLENT soup called “Cheesy Potato Soup”. The house started smelling like onions, bacon and it made my mouth water. However, on the other half of the stove I had a HUGE pot full of water and jars for canning. And the brine was simmering smelling like bay leaves, vinegar and a garlic(the garlic is from our garden). The recipe calls for a couple different spices, and me being the daring first time cook, I added a few additional ones that I saw in other pickling recipes. I added rice vinegar, bay leaves and mustard seeds. I was hoping to put in Coriander seeds, but I couldn’t find them at the store. We’ll see how it tastes. I’m sure it will be just fine. Everything smelled so great together.
My jars turned out great, but getting them to look nice was a bit trickier than I had anticipated. In order to sterilize the jars, I had to fill them with water so they wouldn’t float away in the pot. I kept watching the clock to see when I could take them out and stuff them with the tomatoes and pour in the brine mixture. Finally, the water was boiling and I began taking them out. The one mistake I made was to pour the water that stabilized the jars BACK into the pot. So, when my jars were stuffed full of tomatoes and ready to be placed back in the pot there was a volcanic eruption of water all over the stove! All could do it stare and laugh as the water poured over the edge of my pot and flooded the whole stove; David mopped it up with a towel. Yes, the burners were still on and VERY hot. Finally, with that mess cleaned up I waited ten minutes for the jars to process. While I was waiting, I started on the roux for my cheesy potato soup. In minutes, every thing was boiling and thickening and I started to go a little crazy. But, I pulled the jars out and stopped them from boiling ; I poured the cheese into the roux making it perfectly thick and then my soup was done! So, while my jars cooled on the counter we ate dinner and now I’m stuffed. I just started making blueberry muffins for dessert though…sheesh, will the feast ever end?!
And to those of you who wish to have the cheesy potato recipe please let me know and I’ll post it. You’ll never make this recipe less than 1000 times it’s so good!!!