I'm planning a few things for the weekend:
- pickling onions,
- making tomato sauce
- making mustard
- making roti and pumpkin dahl
- hopefully putting together some raised garden beds
- planning the planting for the garden beds
- some needlework
- maybe catching up on some recorded tv programmes
I've already started the pickled onions, they are peeled and resting in brine, which is really the longest part, all I will have to do tomorrow, will be to make a vinegar solution with a few spices and some sugar, sterilise the jar, heat the vinegar solution, pop the onions in for a minute and then put it all in the jar. I could probably start the mustard today as it needs to soak/marinate overnight. I don't generally make a large amount of any pickle, relish or chutney as it can be a lot of work, smaller amounts seem to work better and we don't get tired of eating the same one.
I've been wanting to get a Fowlers Vacola preserving unit for some time now, but after reading this post at down to earth I think I will leave it a bit longer and just try the frugal method first. Actually I was thinking that I should have made use of that really hot weather we had a while ago to dry some tomatoes or fruit. I would also like a dehydrator, I know there are a couple of types available like this one and this one. My mother has an Ezidri which she is quite happy with and Molly at Cross Roads uses the Excalibur in this post so I can see that I need to do a bit of research, before I make a decision.