Special thanks to Tracy, over at SugarCrafter, for giving me lots of advice and for holding my hand throughout this whole process!!! She is definitely a master canner.
I have never pickled, canned, jammed, or jellied in my life, but since my garden has been so prolific recently (see below picture) I was left with an abundance of banana peppers.
When I planted this thing in May, I had no experience with vegetable gardens in the least. I mean, hell, I didn't start eating vegetables until two or three years ago! But I found some cheep plantling thingies at the garden store, and MacGyvered myself a dainty little veggie garden. Which, since taking this picture, has been expanded an extra 5 or so feet to give the eggplant (on the right) and the zucchini (on the left) more room to grow.
But back to the peppers.
I spent labor day weekend in Buffalo at Kevin's, and the first thing I did upon arriving home was to park my car and run into the backyard to check out my garden. Well, my eggplants had grown another six inches, blocking the light from reaching the left side of my peppers. As a result, all the peppers were on the right side, and the whole plant was dangerously close to tipping. So I picked all the peppers. ...continue reading