Camper Canning

Zucchini Bread & Butter Pickles

Just because we are living in the RV, does not mean we need to stop doing what we used to do.  
In my case, not learning new things.  I always wanted to learn how to can fruits and veggies.  
Why should I not learn camping canning while living in my 30’ish travel trailer?  Let’s see how this works out.
Honestly, this works out perfectly.  One caveat: Be Sure You Have Plenty of Fuel for Cooking!
This recipe comes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac (Since 1792).  Was looking online for something to do with the pounds of zucchini that just appeared out of thin air. PLUS, Sparky has a request for some Bread & Butter Pickles.
So, VOILA! Let’s do both at once! Here is the recipe for what is marinating as I type.  
Will process the filled jars in the hot water bath in about two hours.  This one is super easy for the newbies to canning!  PLUS it is rated 3.8/5 with 13 votes.  This will be delish!
From www.almanac.com: “Even pickle devotees will be fooled into thinking you’ve used cucumbers.”

JANE’S ZUCCHINI BREAD-AND-BUTTER PICKLES

INGREDIENTS

1 quart unpeeled, thinly sliced, small fresh zucchini
2 small to medium onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup salt
1-1/4 cups cider vinegar
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 teaspoons mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon turmeric

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sprinkle the zucchini, onions, and garlic with salt, and cover with cold water. Let stand 2 hours.
  2. Drain, rinse in fresh cold water, and drain again.
  3. In the meantime, combine the remaining ingredients in a large pot and boil 5 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetables, remove the pot from heat, and let stand 3 hours.
  5. Return the pot to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Pack pickles into sterilized jars and process 10 minutes in boiling water.

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Save Space & Stop Hoarding Office Supplies

Throw Away The Yellowed Index Cards & Donate Those 300 Pencils

When we were downsizing and preparing to reside in our travel trailer full time, the amount of accumulated sicky notes was quite surprising.  Look, we all have our things we love.  And I really, really, really love sticky notes.  I never met a sticky note I didn’t love.  In fact, every room in our house had at least two stacks of sticky notes in some color, shape or size.  Yup, they are my thing.  And it was time to let some of them go.  I admit, here was some eye twitching and body shakes involved. With some time, very proud that I am well on the road to recovery from Sticky Notes Syndrome.

The original task at hand was to consolidate three rubbermaid totes of office supplies.  Fortunately, with kids taking classes, moving into new spaces and Goodwill, every extra supply, found new homes.  I even let go of some of my sticky notes, too!

The dilemma was to re-inventory what was saved. Then honestly ask if we needed to keep a full suitcase of supplies on hand.  Of course there is no need for a full suitcase of office supplies.  Guess it was time to face reality.

With 15 minutes, some baggies: snack, sandwich, quart and gallon, and a box – I am very proud of how I have been able to let go of even more stuff.

I also learned that I am well into my recovery phase of Sticky Notes Hoarding.

QUESTION: What do I do with my amount of supplies now that I no longer need a suitcase?  How do you keep your supplies together and organized?  Post your comments and pictures…