Monday, August 10, 2015

Schnibbling and Schnitzing

It's that time of year to "schnibble" the beans and pickle some for future salads!

This is my mom's recipe - it's super easy and oh, so tasty!

Boil cut-up beans in slightly salted water – just until heated through but not too soft.  Drain and pack into pint jars.  Keep warm while preparing syrup:
2 Cups Vinegar
2 Cups White Sugar
1 Cup water
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. turmeric
1/3 tsp. alum
Bring syrup to a boil and ladle boiling syrup into bean filled jars – syrup makes enough for approx. 6 pints.  Seal.

It's also the year for "schnitzing" the Harvest Apples (a.k.a. Transparents)
This old tree produces it's wonderful, worm free, fruit every other year and it makes the best
applesauce and pies.
This tree is remembered by many generations who are connected with this old farm and though
it is splitting and somewhat hollow - it continues to delight us with it's bi-yearly fruit!

There's really no recipe for this but this is how I make the applesauce:

Wash and quarter the apples, cutting out any bruises, stems and blossom ends. Simmer with a bit of water in a heavy pot, stirring occasionally so apples don't stick to pot or scorch. When soft and fluffy, simply put through a sieve to separate the sauce from the skins and cores. My mother canned the sauce but I usually just put it into jars and containers and freeze it. No sugar is needed but you can add it to taste and some cinnamon, if desired, just before serving.  Applesauce was a staple on our dinner table when I was growing up. Serve it up warm with your favourite pork dinner or eat it for dessert!

Till next time ......... enjoying the garden's bounty. How does your garden grow???


  1. I'm going to bookmark this post for my new daughter in law who cans, etc. They have apple trees and cherry trees and a nice big garden. I like the idea of not peeling the apples...

  2. Those beans look delicious! When you say "seal," do you mean with a pressure canner or by water bath?
    Our garden is producing tomatoes and green peppers right now. Good eating!

    1. I just use the hot beans stuffed into warmed jars and ladle the simmering vinegar mixture on top and quickly put on the snap lids. They seem to seal quite nicely this way.

  3. Oh I'd love to find a Transparent. Such a tasty apple! Was not familiar with your terms so had to visit to find out.

    My garden...three zucchini plants...alas...not so well.

  4. You got my attention with that title, Rosella! I've never heard either of those terms, but the beans and the applesauce sound yummy! As for how my garden grows, hahahahahaha! We have one pot of grape tomatoes which is doing pretty well -we actually picked about 20! Oh yes, and some herbs. A far cry from your fantastic bounty, but fun, nonetheless!

  5. I only have enough sun in my yard to grow a few herbs. I miss garden tomatoes so much---I'd love to have all the delicious produce in your garden!!! Both your beans and applesauce sound delish!


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