If you’re a home canner or preserver, you know what I’m talking about. It’s hard work to can your own food. When something goes wrong, it sometimes feels like you wasted a lot of time and effort on that project. I had one of those moments yesterday.
I decided to try a new recipe for sweet relish. I had all of the ingredients on hand and needed to use up some of the cucumbers from the garden. After chopping all of the veggies, soaking them for several hours, mixing up the brine and then cooking off the rest of the ingredients…the three pints of relish it was supposed to make came out to one. Just one. One measly jar of relish. On top of that, I still had a whole quart of brine left. I have no idea what happened. I followed the recipe exactly. I ended up processing the jar anyway since I had everything set up and ready to go. I kept the brine and will probably prep some more veggies and have another go at it, but sheesh…it is so frustrating!
On a more positive note: Yesterday I also purchased a rotisserie chicken for $3.99. I made a big batch of chicken salad with grapes and almonds. I then put the carcass, some seasoning and all of my veggie scraps into the crockpot. I filled the crock with water and let it simmer on low all night. This morning, I strained the broth, brought it up to a boil and then processed it in my pressure canner at 11 PSI for 25 minutes. I now have three quarts of beautiful chicken broth to use at a later date.
I guess you win some and you lose some. It all evens out in the end! 🙂