Lets face it.

When you get tired of ding-dong ditching zucchini and summer squash on the neighbor’s door step…

When you find that you dont even want to CHECK those zucchini and squash plants again because you know you are going to walk away with about 100 new giant veggies…

then you need this recipe.

You do. This recipe, and a pressure canner, will get you through the rough times of deciding how much more zucchini and squash you can take…and give the neighbors a  break.

My family loves this stuff during the cold months of winter, and it makes a lovely addition to the winter table when veggies are much more costly here in the frozen north.

This recipe is set up per quart, so you can make as little or as much as you have veggies for.

Summer Squash Blend for Pressure Canning

For each quart jar, chop up 3 cups of zucchini and yellow summer squash, 1/2 Sweet red pepper, and 1/2 an onion.

In the bottom of the quart jar place:

*2 garlic cloves

*pinch red pepper flakes

*1/2 tsp crushed basil, and marjoram leaves

*1 tsp sea salt

Place the veggies in jar and cover with filtered water, packing down reasonably (don’t smash them in there but they will cook down, so feel free to fill the jar full). After mixing well, wipe rim well with vinegar and place lids on, then cap to finger tight. Process at 40 minutes in a pressure canner, allow to cool in the canner for 5 minutes after the pressure button drops, and then remove.

There are multiple ways to use this as well…

Of course it can be used just as side dish during the winter months, and goes quite well with just about anything. Our favorite is draining it a little, then frying up in some butter and serving it alongside pork chops and mashed potatoes.

I also, however, add these jars to soup. I place one or two jars into a pan and begin to heat it on the stove. I throw in a couple handfuls of jasmine rice, some chopped chicken meat (or rabbit meat), and seasonings. Let the rice cook at a simmer in a covered pot for about 20 minutes.

Makes a quick and delicious soup for lunch with the kids.

Hope you enjoy it!

Blessings to you and yours,

~Heather <3

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