Saturday, July 26, 2008

Peter Piper Picked a Peck

Last summer I got my first taste of canning. I made some jam, canned some tomatoes, some pickles, etc. It's kind of addictive. Once you get started, you start hitting up every farmer's markets looking for things that can be processed and then eaten or given away in the months to come. It's hard to explain. My dad cans salsa, bread & butter pickles, and strawberry jam. So, I was sort of familiar with the process, but otherwise I just rely on tried and true recipes and pure luck.

Well, the first thing to make it into the canner this year was Banana Peppers. These suckers were hotter than I anticipated (and my fingers were stinging for a day or two after). Perhaps I chose the wrong variety of pepper seeds. So last Sunday, I chopped, I brined, I processed.

Then I went browsing on flickr, came across this, and got serious label envy. Serious.

Having very little graphic skills and limited computer programs to work with, I made these. My first, but not last, attempt.

banana peppers

I'm now thinking of things to can just so I can create some labels. It's adding an entirely new level to this addiction. So what else is on my list: raspberry jalapeno jelly, spicy carrot relish (it was an apparent hit last year), bread & butter pickles, sweet mini pickles, jalapeno peppers, and probably some other stuff too...

5 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

Nice work! Did you cut circular labels or did you buy them like that? I've been looking for a label solution. I would appreciate any tips you have for me.

Debbie said...

Pretty labels!

I'm intrigued by your spicy carrot relish. Would you be willing to share the recipe?

Libby said...

I'll try to put together a rough tutorial of how I did the labels. I used full sheets of labels and a large scrapbooking round punch. It was much trial and error. But fun.

I'm hoping to make some carrot relish in the next few weeks. Once I pull the recipe back out, I'll share. I think it's pretty good, and so does my family.

inadvertentgardener said...

I love the labels, Libby -- they're great! No graphic design skills? Pshaw.

AndreaLea said...

I ♥ your labels! They are adorable!

I've canned some marmalade and green beans so far. My peppers still aren't doing anything, sadly.

I ran across a recipe for a carrot jelly that sounded interesting. I'm interested in what is involved in a spicy carrot relish.

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