The reason I am stating all this is because there are some canning 'sites' that I follow. They all give recipes for making yummy things from their gardens...but I seldom see recipes including these canned goods in the daily meal plan.
So...how do you use your bounty? This is an issue I want to address.
For example...I made a plum dipping sauce this year. It had plums, ginger, and jalapeno in it. It is for dipping egg rolls and the like. I think it would be good to put in a BBQ sauce, or to marinade some meat in, like chicken to be baked. You could also mix it in some rice.
This year I also picked up a few recipes from these canning sites. Like Cowboy Candy. It is sliced jalapenos, in a sugar broth with cayenne pepper and turmeric. I ate the slices on pizza. What a perfect combo.
I also think that the Cowboy candy can be used like pickles or pickle relish. Let's say...in potato salad or deviled eggs, chopped up fine for the tender tongues. Some people put it on softened cream cheese for dips with crackers and veggies.
Another recipe I made was cranberry mustard. It goes perfect on a turkey sandwich, smeared on thick. But I think I might try it on a chicken breast, baked. Or mixed in where you might use mustard, or cranberry like a marinade or salad, like potato. If you mix the two while the potatoes are still hot, they would really soak up the flavors.
Another thing that I want to learn about are the fermented foods that are good for your "gut" health. Like sour kraut.
One of the things I plan on changing this year in my garden is to switch over to Heirloom seeds. No more stuff from Monsanto.
I also want to use a few different growing techniques...that are very similar. Like...a hoogle kulture. Not sure if that spelling is right. It is a German form of raised bed garden that is supposed to be more self sustaining, using less water, if any.
Another is using layers of compost and wood chips to the same effect. As I live in the High desert in Southern California, water is expensive and anyway I can save water, I do. Since I can get the compost for the gas and time to go get it, all I need is a decent wood chipper and I am set.
The reason I am posting this in Trish's Dishes, is I want to do recipes that use my canned goods in everyday meals. If you want to know something, please ask. I will do whatever I can to get you the right answer.
By controlling my seeds, I can grow healthier food to feed my family and the masses. Either by my veggies or my canned goods. Showing people how I can do it by myself, might encourage them into doing it, as well.
Just a thought.