Well I have been trying my hand at using my Fowler's Preserving kit again this time to use up the cherry tomato's that seem to be everywhere and a few of the imperfect larger tomato's as well.
I cooked the tomato's with a couple of diced onions and a bit of garlic and have bottled it up to replace the tinned crushed tomato's that I would normally buy from the supermarket. I seem to be getting the hang of it all but still might invest in the latest version of the Fowler's book as the one I have is from the 1950's when my preserving kit was made.
I also made up some Lime Cordial. This is my mums recipe and even though the recipe calls for a lot of sugar it is a concentrate so you only need a small amount in the bottom of a glass.
Home Made Lemon or Lime Cordial
Juice and Zest of 8 large lemons or 12 Limes
6c Boiling water
4tsp Tartaric Acid
4tsp Citric Acid
4tsp Epsom Salts
Add zest and juice to a bowl large enough to hold all ingredients. Add sugar, acids and salt then pour over boiling water and stir till dissolved.
Pour into sterilised bottles and cap.
I just corked my bottles and stored in the dark pantry and they have not gone off before we use them, but I am not sure how long it actually was. Next time I make it I will date to bottles so that I know but I do remember mum having them in the pantry for months.
And finally I picked up these 2 baskets for $3 each a while ago and they have now been washed and are ready to go. I am going to make a lining for the lidded one so that I can store all of my crocheting things in there and the other one will be used for collecting produce from the veggie patch.
I seem to have a few baskets around the house, nana baskets Hubby calls them and I find them usefull for so many things. Is it just me or are you a basket lover too?