I am smiling at myself. There things you don’t imagine yourself doing. I have realized that there are many things that could not be imagined at some point in my life, that became a reality at another point. Example, shoveling manure out of a wheel barrel into a garden plot and enjoying every minute. There was a moment I thought, “This brings new meaning to shoveling sh**”. Followed by a second brief moment, “If only my friends could see me now”. In reality, it is difficult to shake my city slicker ways, and embrace a calmer closer to the earth way of life. I obviously crave it, as I am always seeking ways to get closer to what I value. One of the things I value is food.
Something else I did not imagine doing was canning food. I attempted to can a tomato salsa for my family one year. Can you tell me what happens when you can fresh, uncooked diced tomatoes? The pressure builds in the jar, and when you open it, it will explode. Yes, there would have been no telling what would have happened had I proudly gave out my jars of joy to each member of my family. My desire to can promptly came to an end.
The new reality is that I had an abundance of cabbage in my garden. More cabbage than my family was willing to enjoy each day. We grew it, I can’t waste it! The thought passes through my mind maybe, just maybe, I should can it…. the thought became a reality, and so I did. With a little help from my food processor and actually following the directions, I managed to produce 10 quart size jars of something delicious. With only a slight hesitancy, willing to share with my friends because this time I think I did it right.
Chow-Chow is a southern style relish that has long been a favorite as a topping on pinto beans, hot dogs, black-eyed peas, hamburgers, collards, and other greens. It is really quite delicious.
Did I mention it was easy too?