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Old September 23, 2015   #241
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I have to admit that I bought mine this year. And when we did the 300+ jars (from 500ml, 1L, 1.5L and 2L and Gallon jars...not a clue how many actual litres we did up that day we set our record) we bought them - no way had I produced more than about 1 bushel myself...and I'm only guessing, but think we did up at least 8 bushels that year.
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Old September 23, 2015   #242
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I'm in too! I grow cukes, but no way could I do that! I would be off to the market to buy my pickling cukes. Wish I had thought about it earlier in the season. Still fighting my way thru tomatoes!
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Old September 23, 2015   #243
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We could do a tomato tastefest / pickling weekend??? Mum & Dad's old kitchen was perfect to do it with 8 burners on 2 stoves and 2 ovens. If we're going to do a huge amount, I'm going to check out local "commercial kitchens" - churches or community centres for a day's rental.


Arrive Friday night - get together and perhaps any advance prep we can do that night. (Or we make up something like Sorellina's Sicilian Caponata?)
Saturday early - 8am - Team A - hits the farmer's market for cukes, garlic, dill, hot peppers, (and the makings for mixed pickles - Tourshi in Armenian - if anybody is interested - cukes, cauliflower, beans, snap peas, carrots, celery, eggplant, cabbage, peppers [hot & sweet])
Saturday early - 8am - Team B - arrives at commercial kitchen and moves in "equipment"; starts cleaning jars, lids & rings; sets up tables for assembly line prep.
Saturday - Team A arrives at commercial kitchen and joins in prep, stuffing of jars, making up of brine, etc.
Saturday late afternoon or evening (depending upon how long we have the kitchen for) clean up, pack up and head out for a BBQ.
Sunday - Tomato Tasting Gathering & BBQ

What's that sound like to you all?
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Sounds GREAT! Maybe we could car pool!

Zana, you forgot to mention the seed swap

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It sounds like a hoot! I'll need some wine at the bbq! Car pool sounds great! Can't wait!
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Old September 23, 2015   #246
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Just wanted to add, that I could bring stuff from my market like garlic and dill and hot peppers. The Sicilian Caponata sounds delish!
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Old September 24, 2015   #247
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Depending upon where we do it - the canning/pickling or the bbq, we could be using grape juice lubrication too! LOL Although you might want to wait until you've finished with any sharp knives...lol. Just sayin'.
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