Jul 15

homemade pickles, adventures in canning, and Buddha’s

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My ladyfriend decided that since cucumbers were super cheap, that it was high time to learn how to do some pickling and canning. We had a slight hiccup in that we couldn’t find dill yesterday, but that was resolved today, so she spent tonight making pickles. I helped out at the very end with pouring boiling water & vinegar into the jars and making sure the lids were on tight, but she did all of the real work. We are both immensely excited about them and are bummed to know that we have 4+ weeks to wait before eating them.

homemade garlic and dill pickles

We tossed around the idea of making and canning some vegan pesto, so we need to find a good recipe and see about making that happen.  It’s been ages since I’ve had pesto, since most of the store bought stuff tends to have cheese in it, so even if we don’t can any, I’m totally into making some.

Speaking of canning, I was back in Ohio a few weeks back for my sister’s wedding, and while there, our friend Jacob gave us a jar of homemade blueberry jelly, and then the wedding favors were cans of homemade strawberry jelly, so we are stocked on homemade jellies for a while and that’s awesome.  Now I just need to bake some good bread to eat them on, or possibly make some crepes and eat them with jelly and vegan cream cheese.

To make tonight even more awesome, we had takeout from Buddha’s Vegetarian once our housemate made it home from class.  She loves their hot and sour soup and e-fu noodles , which are delicious, whereas I swear by their vermicelli noodles cooked Singapore curry style along with the gluten platter and some spring rolls just to round out the meal.  The three of us ate our fill and still have 2 containers of soup, 1/3 of the platter, and more than 2/3s of the main dishes, and the entire take out order cost us $33. Seriously, I don’t understand how this place stays open, but I’m happy it does because it’s 100% vegan, dirt cheap, filling, and all around a great place for some greasy Chinese food.


2 Comments so far

  1. angela July 15th, 2009 11:56 pm

    I always end up with the mushroom fried rice. It’s definitely hard to top a 7 dollar box that no one person can finish… and could feed three people comfortably!!

  2. mom July 17th, 2009 9:16 am

    Jason, Glad ,to hear you are learning canning skills, bet the pickles are good! Kerri and Chris made dill pickles last year, they used the store bought packet of spices and they turned out ok. I want to correct you on the jam from the Wedding, it was strawberry-rhubarb, we all had a hand in it, they brought the fruit here, Dad had the machinical job of opening all the boxes of jars, unscrewing the lids and putting them in the sink, I cleaned most of the berries, Chris cut the rhubarb and him and Kerri made the jam. Yummy!! I heard about Jana getting her Boating license, does everyone have to have license in Canada? or is it because she doesn’t have a driver’s license? Have to go and get the kids packed for NC, write me at my yahoo address.
    Love, Mom

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