Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The fruits of my labor...

We're getting lots of tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden right now - more than we can eat. 
Which of course means I'm busy in the kitchen preserving the bounty.
Here's a batch of "Basil Pizza Sauce", which I also use in stews, for roasts, spaghetti sauce.
Wir ernten im Moment sehr viele Tomaten und Gurken aus unserem Garten - viel mehr als wir essen koennen.
Fuer mich bedeuted das "rein in die Kueche und ran ans einmachen".
Hier ist ein Rezept "Basilikum Pizza Sauce", wobei ich sie auch fuer Eintoepfe, Braten und Spagetti Sosse hernehme.
 Refrigerator bread and butter pickles. They're delicious!!
Kuehlschrank (muessen nicht eingekocht werden) "bread and butter" Gurken. Soooo lecker!!
I've been blueberry picking twice and part of those harvests were frozen for the cooler month.
Ich war nun schon zwei Mal Blauebeeren pfluecken, und einen Teil davon habe ich fuer den Winter eingefroren.
 Yesterday I canned some "dill pickle relish". It's the first time I tried this recipe, but I think it's a keeper.
Gestern habe ich "Dill Gurken Relish" eingemacht. Habe dieses Rezept zum ersten Mal probiert, aber ich glaube das werde ich noch oefters machen.
Basil pizza/tomato sauce
3 tbs oil
3 minced onions
3 minced garlic cloves
2 tbs fresh basil, chopped
3 tbs minced parsley
25 - 30 tomatoes
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbs plus 1 tsp beef bouillon

Add oil to a large pot. Mince onion and garlic in food processor and saute in oil until translucent.
Add basil and parsley.
Peel tomatoes (dip in boiling water 15 seconds,then peel) and process until like juice.
Add to pot with onions and herbs.
Add rest of the ingredients and blend well.
Cook on low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring often.
When sauce is done, ladle into hot jars within 1/2 inch of rim.
Clean rims and seal.
Process for 45 minutes in water bath canner.


  1. hallo anke,
    leckere sachen hast du für deinen vorratsschrank gezaubert.die kühlschrank bread and butter pickles machen mich neugierig. verrätst du mir wie du sie gemacht hast? wenn das wetter hier in deutschland so bleibt,kann ich auch bald tomaten pflücken.
    heidelbeeren mag ich sehr,habe mir 2 büsche für meinen garten gekauft.
    liebe grüße sendet dir regina

    1. Hallo Regina, ich habe dir den link fuer die bread and butter pickles auf deinen blog geschickt. :-)

    2. hallo anke,
      thank you!!!
      hab noch einen schönen tag,
      alles liebe regina

  2. Anke, what a treasure trove of yumminess you have put up for your family to enjoy later! What a blessing it is to be able to use our hands to do things like this.

  3. Will you please post your recipe for basil pizza sauce? Thanks you

  4. Oh I can't wait to eat some cucumbers and tomatoes from our garden! You must have planted tons to be preserving all of that goodness :)

  5. Oh my gosh....YOU'VE been a busy busy BEE! I never think to 'save' stuff from the garden; I usually give it away. I like your way better!