What a fabulous and busy weekend! Saturday started with a nice breakfast of all local foods....except for the bread. Eggs from a local farm, potatoes, onions and peppers from the farm stand about 1.5 miles from my house, and hand crafted sage sausage from "Lothar's Gourmet Sausages"!
Next, I made Salad Shirazi - a nice refreshing Persian salad of onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh mint, and lime juice. Very delicious and refreshing on a hot day!
I bought a big box of tomatoes at the local Farmer's Market with grand ideas of making salsa. I realized that I hadn't canned for over 20 years....and I had only done it twice - once to make strawberry jam and once to make pickled green tomatoes. I was going to have to read up on how to do it again! I also realized that I definitely needed some cilantro and onions....and headed off to Potomac Vegetable Farm....our local farm stand.
While perusing the onions, green peppers, and other goodies, I overheard someone saying she was picking up some ingredients that she needed for teaching a canning class that afternoon. Of course, my little ears perked up....and I asked about the class. It was going to be held at the next town over in about an hour and a half. What perfect timing! (This relieved the stress of not remembering how to can! Talk about perfect timing!)
The demo/class was fabulous! They had the zucchini and yellow squash for summer squash relish pretty much prepared. The instructors demo'd how to do it and let us each take a turn retrieving a sterilized jar and filling it with goodies....following all the tips they provided. I got the take home two jars of the delicious relish. (We tasted the left-overs while we were there.)
They also taught us how to make refrigerator dill pickles. I made a jar while I was there....and came home and made two more quarts and a pint!
I guess I went a bit crazy with the salsa.....I made nine 8 oz. jars of salsa on Sunday....plus a pint and a half to "eat right away". - which was gone in no time!
Then Monday, after work, I came home and made ten more 8 oz jars! I'm very pleased with my first attempts at making salsa - it was delicious! And now, I have several jars to keep me going through the fall and winter.
Prepping the tomatoes.
Gathering the rest and chopping.
The final result....10 more jars of salsa!