Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, we were lucky to have our own garden and fruit trees of plenty at our finger tips and every year to savour the harvest, my mom would preserve or can the fruits and vegetable to be enjoyed for the rest of the year. Our cold room in the basement was always full of every kind of pickle you can imagine (dill pickles, onion pickles, pickled beets, sweet pickles), canned tomatoes for soups or sauces, and canned fruit (peaches, pears, cherries). A craft that her mother taught her and was passed down to me. The memories of the whole family getting involved pitting cherries, peeling peaches, peeling and dicing tomatoes.
I can still see my Dad sitting on the front deck, enjoying the sun, peeling those little silver skinned onions for the batch of pickled onions. 🙂
Farmers markets around the city are full of the local harvest at this time and I usually spend the first few weeks in September replenishing my pantry.
So recently my mom was visiting, and we decided to make a batch of salsa. Another great way of preserving vegetables..