Welcome to summer. I've gotten a late start on my home canning this year. I was so busy last year I didn't even get around to it, but that was okay, I had enough to last for two years from the year before that. I love canning. It captures the absolute freshness of the season, plus it allows you to precisely know whats going into your food. That's important to me.
Never shop hungry, I say. I know that causes trouble. Well, I got myself into trouble, so to speak. LOL! Yep, I shopped hungry this time. And $70 later I bought home a huge box of produce.
The local produce stand had tons of options. The nice Yakima beefsteak tomatoes are in. Those are big meaty tomatoes. They make awesome tomato salads and BLTs. I need to get some good bacon. We'll be living high on the hog... literally. I feel a tomato canning marathon coming for the weekend.
Walla Walla onions are Washington's answer to Vidalias. Sweet and oniony. Perfect for salads, sandwiches, and killer on a burger.
Gravenstein apples, grown in Washington's apple country, have a very short season. This heirloom variety makes awesome pies. Really awesome pies. Just the perfect balance of sweet and tart. If they come to your area, try them. They're worth the tiny bit extra.
The peaches out the Wenatchee area as good as the Georgia and Alabama peaches out east. Hells bells, many of the orchard stone fruits from that area rock. It's the perfect weather for growing fruit. (I'm hoping to make some jam from mine). I'm also dying to grill a few with some chicken. Add in some grilled slices of those sweet onions and I think that would be an awesome dinner entree. Great pairing for a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.
And I feel a serious jam session coming on because of this. I found an awesome recipe that makes Blueberry butter and blueberry syrup for the blueberries. I think instead of the syrup, I'll make some jelly with the leftover juice. Double the pleasure. Double the deliciousness.
Raspberry jam. One of my favorites. Who knows, I might even sneak in a few peaches to make it a peach melba jam. We'll see... and don't mind that a few are missing. That's called quality control. ;)