Dilly Beans and Pickled Okra

Excuse me while I rush in here and post a few recipes so that I can find them later! I promise I will return someday on a regular basis!


okra pods (small to medium)
7 cloves garlic
1 tsp peppercorns
7 tsp. dill seeds
1 qt. vinegar
1 c. water
1/2 c. pickling salt

Wash okra well. Drain and set aside. Place 1 clove garlic and 1 hot pepper into each of 7 hot sterilized pint jars. Pack jars firmly with okra, leaving 1/2 inch head space; add 1 teaspoon dill seed to each. Combine vinegar, water, and salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil and pour over okra.

Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

Let stand for 5 weeks before sampling. You can also include a hot pepper in each jar if you like it spicey!

Depending on how tight you back your jars, you may need to make additional brine. I used 1.5 times on the brine recipe.

Makes seven pints.


Pack jars with young, tender, washed beans.

To each jar add:
1/2 tsp garlic or one garlic clove
1 tsp. Peppercorns
1/2 to 3/4 tsp dill weed, seed or a head of dill

To make the brine, boil together:

2.5 cups vinegar
2.5 cups water
1/4 cup kosher canning salt

Pour over beans and spices.

Process for 10 minutes.

Makes seven pints.



This is my mother-in-law's recipe for homemade ketchup. It is very time consuming but delicious!


2 gallons tomatoes
3 medium onions
2 bell peppers

Cut up the tomatoes, onions and peppers and cook until done.
Strain through sieve.

To the strained juice add the following:

3 cups sugar
1 pint vinegar
3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp mustard

Cook until it reaches the desired thickness. This can take quite a while (hours) and must be stirred frequently to avoid sticking and burning, especially towards the end of the process.

Ketchup can be poured into canning jars and processed in a hot water bath canner for 10 minutes.

Note: I often use less vinegar but do so at your own discretion. The vinegar increases the acidity of the tomatoes making them safer to can for long term storage.

Updated August 23, 2010

I just finished a modified batch of ketchup and wanted to post the changes so that I don't forget them. Rather than cook the onions and peppers with the tomatoes and then strain, I ran them through a food processor and the added them to the strained tomato juice. In addition, I used 1/2 brown sugar and half white sugar in the recipe. I think the next batch I make, I am going to experiment with using honey instead of sugar. I cooked this last batch in the slow cooker. It took almost 48 hours and still was not quite as thick as I would have liked but rather than risk burning the ketchup (very easy to do!), I added some tomato paste to thicken it up. It turned out beautiful and has a wonderful flavor.