At least now I’m starting to can in earnest. Today, I started seeding out some Leelanau Sweetglo watermelons (before they go bad in the greenhouse!) They have a nice, thick rind and while I was happily munching on the sweet, juicy, orange flesh, taking out the seeds to save, I couldn’t help myself. The thought of watermelon rind sweet pickles charged into my mind full blast. I just have to make those favorite holiday sweet pickles, as ours are all gone! Now that’s a tragedy for sure. I wouldn’t dare have a holiday meal without them. So, as things were kind of normal today, I started slicing the melon into half circles, then, as I took out the seeds, ate the flesh (of course!), I removed all of the colored flesh, down to the white rind, then cut the dark green outer skin off. Once that was done, I cut the now-white rind into inch square pieces. Now, they’re soaking in a gallon of salt water overnight. And, tomorrow, I’ll be pickling them. I can’t wait! If you’d like the recipe, just look in Growing and Canning Your Own Food, on page 103 & 104. They’re easy and so spicy, crunchy sweet!
Will got busy today, as finally, the sun came out, and cut another truckload of firewood from the piles out in the Wolf Forty. The woodshed is nearly overflowing, but we still have the two old pig houses that will hold wood so while the weather’s nice, we’ll keep on packing wood away like the beavers stockpile brush, stuck in the mud of the bottom of the ponds for winter food. Deer hunting season starts tomorrow morning, David and Elizabeth will be hunting in the morning and evening, then working on the cabin in-between times. Will went over and helped David with the propane line and filled in the ditch where the line was buried between the tank and cabin. We’re so thankful that the weather has been so nice lately! — Jackie