It's mess, I know; but dear old Haddock's has been feeding us for quite some while, and is producing in such quantities that I have now started my 2015 bottling campaign.
For the moment I shall mostly do 500 gm bottles of 'TCP' (Tomatoes, Courgettes, and Peppers), I find these the most useful during the winter months. A good stock of TCP is essential.
Damn it; I only had 4 capsules (the special tops for Le Parfait bottles), so I ended up with a smaller production than I'd intended. I shall buy two packs on Monday, and do a load more.
Anyway, here are the four bottles that I did manage to do. The capsules are underneath the screw tops.
I wonder why we dont preserve vegetables here, may be beacouse we buy them and dont grow them. You are so lucky.ReplyDelete
It's only worthwhile if you grow your own.Delete
I may begin to do the same although I do add onions as well. I found a jar in the cupboard yesterday dated 2012 I don't know how I missed that one - had it for dinner last night - though old it still tasted good.ReplyDelete
I usually expect mine to last at least 2 years, but of course they all get used well before that.Delete
Looks so tasty. My balcony over a canal in Amsterdam only provides enough for an occational sallad unfortunately.ReplyDelete
Sounds good to me!Delete
The knife is on duty. The courgettes look like parents and two babies and I can see a veggie competition face in that pepper.ReplyDelete
No knife; no Cro.Delete
Your garden (and your bottling) looks wonderful Cro. Up here in the North of England our garden has such a short season. A gale earlier in the year completely wrecked our greenhouse, so we really only grow peas, broad beans, runner beans (all of which I freeze surplus) and raspberries - we have so many of the latter this year that we begin to look like them (and we have a freezer full - but useful for crumbles and trifles on special occasions).ReplyDelete
What do you do with your combination in those jars?
I use them mostly for Moroccan style tagines, and other one-pot stews.Delete
I'm following your idea but I might freeze instead of bottling (or as the Americans say "canning" even though the veg are not in a can, but a jar) I'm having a go at a cucumber and tomato relish too as I have so many cucumbers.ReplyDelete
I agree, this use of the word 'canning' is bizarre.ReplyDelete
Those veg look scrumptious, and really too good to bottle, but they will be a wonderful reminder of summer and all your hard work, in the dark days of winter.ReplyDelete
As with freezing, it's best to only bottle the very best. Stuff with slight blemishes we eat at once.Delete