Yesterday the temperature outside was somewhere in the 80's. Not so today. It was somewhere in the 40's. First it rained, then came the hail, which turned into snow. None of the snow was sticking, and it was gone just as fast as it fell. But it was cold, windy, wet and miserable outside, so there was no canning today. And with the cold came the end of our garden, so in the only 20 minute window of sunshine we had today, I grabbed the kids and we headed for the garden to pick every last one of the green tomatoes left out there. It was a very cold, wet, and muddy job and I had to bribe them with hot chocolate, but they stayed and persevered.
In the end we managed to fill the wagon with all of the green tomatoes that were left out there, so I had better get busy figuring out some recipes for canning and cooking with them before long. Thank heavens the apples still left on the trees will keep in the cold weather.
I did go ahead and make two batches of 'Banana Jam', which was super simple and smelled delicious, not to mention a great way to use up a lot of bananas.
2 cups mashed bananas
2 cups sugar
2 TBSP. bottled lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook for 5 minutes at a moderate boil, still stirring occasionally. Ladle into jelly jars, secure lids, label, and store in the refrigerator. Use on toast, pancakes, waffles, or anything else you might think of. Yield- 2 jelly jars
Next on my list is 'Apple Pie Jam'. It sounds fun and since I am drowning in available apples, it's a perfect recipe fit. We are fairly certain three of our trees are golden delicious, but the other three, not a clue. They're a reddish gold color, so I will just have to pick a few and make a pie and a batch of applesauce to see if that yields any clues as to what variety they might be.
And I managed to sneak in a little sewing time during the weekend, and even though it wasn't much it was still heavenly, but more on that later.