Sunday, September 19, 2010

Christmas Canning in September

Every Christmas we try to give homemade gifts to our friends and family.  One of the gifts we include is always something from the garden.  This year we have an abundance of corn so we decided to can Corn Relish in half pint glass jars.
  • We start our Corn Relish by chopping the Celery, Onions, Green, and Red Peppers.
  • Next we will blanch the corn and drain it really well. You can use roasted corn or corn cut off the cob.  You can use frozen corn, canned corn really does not work.as well.  We are using corn cut off the cob.
  • Next we will mix all the liquid ingredients with the Corn, Onion, Celery, and Pepper mixture pour into a large stock pot and bring to a boil for five minutes and hold on simmer until  you are ready to pack in jars.
  • Make sure that your jars, lids and rings are sterile and hot. Pack the hot Corn Relish in the hot jar and seal.
  • We are going to use the hot water bath for our canning the Corn Relish.  After packing and sealing the jars place them in the Hot Water Bath Cooker and cover with hot water.
  • Cover and bring to boil and boil for 15 minutes.After the jars have cooled take them out of the hot bath cooker.
Miz Helen's Corn Relish
10 cups Corn Kernels
3 cups Celery chopped
2 cups Green Bell Pepper chopped
2 cups Red Pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
1 1/2 cup Onion
2 1/2 cups White Vinegar
1 3/4 cup Sugar or 1 1/2 cup Agave Nectar Light
4 tsp Dry Mustard
2 tsp Pickling Salt
2 tsp Celery Seed
2 tsp ground Turmeric
Blanch the corn for no more than 3 minutes and drain really well.  Mix in the chopped celery, onion, red and green pepper. Mix together vinegar, sugar, or Agave Nectar, dry mustard, pickling salt, celery seed and turmeric and pour over the corn, celery, onion and pepper mixture mix very well.  Bring to boil over medium high heat.  Boil for five minutes. Pack in hot sterilized glass jars and seal.  Let sit for a week before eating.

Well Merry Christmas, I guess at least some of you know what you are getting from the garden this year...Yummy! I hope you enjoyed our visit today, I always look forward to your stopping by. Let me know how your Corn Relish turns out.
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
Linking to:
http://gnowfglins.com/2010/09/20/tuesday-twister-12/
This Post is entered in the GYO #45 for September at:
http://girlichef.blogspot.com/2010/09/im-hosting-grow-your-own-45-this-month.html








21 comments:

  1. YIPEE...corn relish for Christmas. These pictures are beautiful. Okay great now I feel compelled to go make relish....really Mom I continue to be inspired by your blog..... sometimes it makes me cry it is like being at home in the kitchen with you. So every day when I miss you I can come to the blog and watch your hands just like I am there.

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your very kind words. I look forward to reading yours. I'm already intrigued by this post!

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog because your blog is right up my alley! I look forward to reading more.

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  4. I guess that means you don't have to wrap the gifts then! :) This looks wonderful and I know Joe is going to LOVE it!! I swear you amaze me more every day with all that you do. I love you! Bre

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  5. Thanks for visiting me over at 2 Boys + 1 girl = One crazy mom today... following you here now..love your Blog now if I just had the time to do all that...mhhh.. one day... Thanks for sharing
    Melanie
    www.twoboysonegirlandacrazymom.com

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  6. Melanie,
    Welcome to The Cottage, I am so happy you are following along. Looking forward to seeing you!

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  7. What wonderful Christmas presents. I would be happy to get that under the tree. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I appreciate your comment, and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  8. Jamie,
    Welcome to The Cottage, I am so happy you are following along. Looking forward to seeing you!

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  9. Just look at all of those gorgeous jars of goodness! This sounds fabulous...wish I was on your Christmas list ;) thanks so much for sharing this with GYO this month!

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  10. This reminds me of a relish my Auntie used to make. It looks absolutely beautiful and I'm sure it tastes even better!

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  11. Girlichef,
    Welcome to The Cottage, I am so happy you are following along. Looking forward to seeing you!

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  12. This is great, all the pics step by steps make me fell like I can do it...

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  13. Looks delicious, and so industrious of you to be working on Christmas already!

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  14. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! With all the children you have reared, I bet you have great advice for those of us in the trenches!

    In fact, I bet you would have some advice for me about my son's lie today. What would you do?

    Have a great day!

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  15. Leeann,
    I went to you blog and read about your son's lie. Oh my what memories. To answer your question, I don't know what I would do, but I can tell you what I did. Unfortunately there is not a cookie cutter solution for this problem as each child is different. My children grew up with charts and list. We always had rewards for positive behavior and consequences for negative behavior. We did always discuss the situation and try to find out as you did to find the reality of what happened. I would ask my children to write about what happened and how they could change the choice they made and then we would discuss how they could make different choices in the future. I found that they needed checklist just like I do, so often times they would have a checklist of things to remember at school, or at home. I found this to be very helpful. I know that most of my children still use that system today and have passed it along to their own children. I am always happy to be able to share my experience with those of you in the trenches. Hope to talk to you again soon...

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  16. Denise,
    Welcome to The Cottage. I am so happy you are following along.Looking forward to seeing you.

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  17. Thank you for your advice!
    I like the idea of the checklists. He does need help with organization.. it doesn't come naturally to him.
    I'll have to spend some time working on that this weekend.
    :-)

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  18. I wish I was on your Christmas list. These corn relish jars are so beautiful. Love the home made gifts. They are so thoughtful.

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  19. That's wonderful! I do wish we could grow our own corn, but it's not allowed in our neighborhood. I'm sure everyone on your gift list is going to be very happy to see those jars. Thanks for joining us for Grow Your Own.

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  20. With so many sweet, perishable edible gifts around, it's so wonderful to see an option for a gift that still is handmade and special, but doesn't have to be eaten immediately, and isn't a candy or cookie. I know I'd be honored to recieve any home canned good like this, and I imagine your family and friends will be so pleased! Thanks for linking to GF Holiday.

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  21. Oh yum, wish I had seen this during corn season!

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Your visit has been very special. I look forward to your comments, they are like opening little gifts. Thank you for stopping by and hurry back!
Miz Helen

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