I have so far to go......................
Its just another day at Miss Eff's. The canner and the pots of boiling water are heating up. Why, oh why, doesn't my pantry look like this????
I have made some canning progress ........... the other day, I canned 12 pints of Italian tomato sauce, 4-1/2 pints of catsup, 9-1/2 pints of pickled jalapenos and 4-1/2 pints of banana peppers. Today, its another 3/4 of bushel of peaches to do. And I did buy 10 pounds of blueberries ..... I'm thinking pie filling.
But there is so much more to do. I haven't done any salsa. We need more pizza sauce and catsup. And the apples are coming on ... so there will be cider in the freezer, apple pie filling and all the apple jams and butters to do. And there are only 15 bags of corn in the freezer .... we will need so much more.
But several have asked for a good catsup or ketchup (however you want to spell it!) recipe. I like this one -- I have used it for well over 20 years.
One day, my cousin was here and we were comparing "canning lists". I said I had done so many jars of catsup .... so she asked to try it. And an entire jar was eaten with a spoon! No burger or fries were included!!
So here is the recipe I use for Thick and Meaty Ketchup (or catsup ... like I spell it!)
8 whole cloves
8 whole black peppercorns
4 whole allspice berries
1 cinnamon stick, about 3" long
1/4 tsp mustard seed
1/2 tsp. celery seed
10 pounds ripe plum tomatoes -- cored and quartered
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Tie the first 6 ingredients into a cheesecloth bag and place in a large pot with the tomatoes, onions and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.
Remove the spice bag and run the tomatoes through a food mill to remove the seeds and skins. Return the pulp, liquid and spice bag to the pot and add the following:
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
Simmer, uncovered for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool the mixture slightly and add the following:
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt, to taste
Can only in 1/2 pint jars for safety. Seal in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Makes 4-1/2 pint jars.
(Note to the Corn Refiners Association, notice there is no High Fructose Corn Syrup in this recipe. And people do eat it contrary to your emails.)
You guys knew I could never let that one go!!!!!