I mentioned earlier in the week, that I made a day trip to Atlanta to Buford Highway Farmer’s Market for tomatillos. While there, I spotted some gorgeous ginger and a big container of garlic cloves. The plump garlic cloves were already peeled and cleaned. I had no idea what I do with them, but someone had done all that work, and I was going to put it to good use.
So, when I got home, I looked up some ideas. I love to can, but really I love to pickle. It is so easy and you end up with little jars of goodness with a thousand uses. In my favorite canning book, The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Recipes to Use Year-RoundI found a simple pickle recipe. You can use this recipe with ginger, garlic or jalapenos. I plan on using the garlic in everything from salad dressings to stir fries, and the ginger will be great with stir fries and sushi. I chose this simple pickle, because it doesn’t have any herbs or spices, so it can be used in any kind of recipe.
- 1 large piece of fresh gingerroot
- 3/4 rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 t. sugar
- 1/2 t. salt
Peel ginger and cut into pieces no larger than 1 inch ( I shredded mine in a food processor). Remove hot jars from canner and pack ginger into jars.
Bring vinegars, sugar and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Poor over the ginger, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe the rims and place warmed, softened canning lids on top and screw on band to fingertip tightness. Process 10 minutes for half-pint and half-cup jars.
Makes 2 half-pint or 4 half-cup jars.
**Note, I did not give complete canning instructions. Please make sure you read complete instructions for water bath processing from a book or the internet. It’s not at all difficult, but you just want to make sure you know what you are doing.
This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!
***Boob Update (note, we’re not classy anymore). Actually, I don’t have an update, they are supposed to maybe call me today. I can’t decide if I will answer my phone or not..oh, I want to know, but I don’t know if I want to find out surrounded by a bunch of 14 year olds. They have standardized tests next week and I don’t want them to have anything on their minds besides the tests, and I don’t know how well I could hide bad news. Plus I’m a “bad news alone” type person. I didn’t even want my husband to go with me to the biopsy, but he insisted. That’s why I love the internet, I know you all are there for me, but you’re not here here. Does that make sense? Also…Hollywood screen writers, if you need some ideas for the dialogue between a woman and the doctor giving her “the call”, give me a call, because I went through every possible scenario last night in lieu of sleeping.