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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Pickling onions, making pickled onions for the first time.

Years ago my parents use to buy pickling onions and make jars of them to eat over the Christmas time. 

Now I am attempting this for the first time. It was forced upon me as I bought pickling onions thinking they were shallots (my crop of onions was not that good this year and got used up quickly in casseroles etc.).

I am going with an improvised method and recipe as there are only a few onions to use up. I will post updates on the progress of my pickling onions attempt. If the pickled onions  turn out great I will post the recipe.  I am adding hot things like a dried chilli pepper to the pickling vinegar as the family enjoy foods with a 'hot kcik'.  The chilli in the pickling mix is the wild card not sure if it will work well or prove overpowering .  

Here is a video that I am using to prompt my memory on just how pickling onions should be done the traditional way. 

Using allotment grown onions to make  pickled onions.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote