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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Relaxing and now its back to work

Took the weekend off to visit my youngest son Rob and his girlfriend Amoy and go wander around the 127 yard sale for a day. That is an event to attend if you ever get the chance. Made a stop at one store and they had posted a map of the United States and was asking people to stick a pin in their town. There were pins in at least 30 of the continental states. Did find a few bargains and one item I had been looking for. We found a hand tobacco trans planter and bought it without question. Also bought a few other things that were maybe not really necessary but I thought they were at the time. Ah the fun of yardsaling.
Got back home this afternoon and had the spiced red cabbage to finish and get canned. Smells really good, cant wait to try it. Looks really pretty in the jars too. The cabbage takes a while to complete. You shred 3 large heads of red cabbage, layer in a large container and sprinkle each layer with salt then let sit for 12 hours. Drain well for at least 6 hours. Pack cabbage in hot jars and make pickling solution. To make solution make a spice bag with 1/4 cup mustard seed, 1/4 cup allspice, 1/4 cup peppercorns, 1/4 cup whole cloves, 1/4 cup celery seed tie the bag and put in kettle to which you have added 2 quarts of vinegar and 1 cup brown sugar. Boil this mixture for 5 minutes and remove spice bag. Pour liquid over cabbage in jars to within 1/4 inch of top of jar. Put on lids and bands and process in boiling water bath for 20 minutes for quarts. Seal.
I haven't tried this yet but some recipes follow up with the fact that you can drain cabbage and add mayo and serve like coleslaw as a side dish. Sounds really good and a pleasant twist on slaw.
So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.


Jen said...

Im glad that you and your family had a great time at the yard sale. Oh, and that cabbage looks so purdy. Im sure it will taste just a good.

stella said...

Hi Jen, hope all is well with you. Yeas we did have a good time at the yard sale. I was so happy to find the hand tobacco setter. We had one that had been on the farm for 3 generations and it was stolen and this one is just a functioning replacement.
Gonna taste test the spiced cabbage tomorrow. I'll let ya know if its any good. lol