Preserving your veggies, and pretty labels

One of my pleasures in preserving veggies straight from the garden is the finished result. Complete with label made on my computer.

Love to see the jars lined up. Very satisfying.

photoHappy gardening (and pickling).

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 15:01:51

    I can see why this makes you so happy and such a sense of accomplishment…..Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  2. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 03:36:25

    Hi Kathy. My interest in preserving food surfaced again once I started to grow my own.

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  3. narf77
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 04:26:36

    You are so clever to make your own labels Jean. The last time I tried to do that my label was definitely not something that I would have wanted to attach to a jar. Your label certainly makes that jar of chutney shine :). I just had to think of something to do with some of our huge glut of eggs yesterday. Our friends that moved to Germany used to take up the slack and would take cartons of eggs from us but since they left the eggs built up alarmingly and we had 11 cartons of them overcrowding the fridge. I took a leaf out of your book and decided that rather than stuffing Steve full to the back gills with every egg recipe that I could think of (and suffering the after effects for weeks 😉 ) or feeding them to the dogs till they couldn’t stand them any more (true story…happened last year 😉 ) that I would get clever with preserving and I took 47 of them (a few got boiled and peeled a bit worse for wear and the dogs enjoyed them) and pickled a HUGE jar full of them. I used a lot of pickling spice, pepper, litres of malt vinegar and a huge shake of Korean pepper powder so I hope they are edible after all of that but at least they will be out of my fridge! Now, how to work out how to get Steve to eat them all! 😉

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Nov 04, 2014 @ 15:29:50

      I would love to have access to eggs like yours Fran. Perhaps local people would too, are there any farmer’s markets near to you where you could sell them. Steve might be glad (or relieved!) to help. 🙂

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      • narf77
        Nov 05, 2014 @ 03:09:42

        They banned selling eggs from home last year here in Tassie Jean. I think the egg board took offence that people were getting access to cheap eggs and so no more selling or even public giving away! They quoted some rubbish about the risk to the public of salmonella (where obviously overcrowded chooks who never see the light of day from an overpopulated cage are exempt…) so basically I can give them to the neighbours and my girls etc. but no-one else on the risk of a very heavy fine. Stupidity eh? But my girls just said they will take as many as I am willing to give them so the glut is now about to ease nicely 🙂

      • Allotment adventures with Jean
        Nov 05, 2014 @ 06:38:26

        That is a crying shame that folk are barred from buying the best laid eggs you can get your hands on. I struggle here to find some decent eggs. I’d love to find some local person with laying chooks who had a surplus but I live in an inner-city area. Fortunately I have a friend who has just opened a cafe/produce business and she sometimes gets eggs in. I’m going over there today – I’m going to bend her ear about her eggs. Might be scrambled eggs for breakfast tomorrow!

      • narf77
        Nov 05, 2014 @ 11:44:05

        You are right on that Jean. I could supply half of Brisbane with what my chooks give us each day and I don’t even eat them! Steve likes the odd egg meal but isn’t a huge eggy fan so even after the 47 pickled eggs I made the other day I still have 7 dozen in the fridge. Good luck with the ear bending and fingers crossed for the scrambled eggs 🙂

      • Allotment adventures with Jean
        Nov 05, 2014 @ 15:06:29

        Fran, you are not going to believe this. I got to the farm this morning (Beelarong Community Farm) and one of my friends handed me four new laid eggs from her own chooks. I didn’t even know she had chooks. She had a basket of eggs with her and was sharing them out. That has never happened before so it feels a bit spooky after what you and I had talked about this morning. When I go back to the farm I’ll give her one of my jars of preserves. We swap stuff all the time at the farm, but this is the first time anybody has come in with eggs.

      • narf77
        Nov 05, 2014 @ 15:08:42

        🙂 Not spooky at all Jean. When you are a generous person who loves to share, people love to share back :). It looks like those scrambled eggs are back on the breakfast card again 😉

  4. tootlepedal
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 09:32:55

    Your label work is a cut above mine.

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  5. e / dig in hobart
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 09:19:04

    good home made preserves deserve fabulous labels!

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