I took out two bags of plum tomatoes from the freezer and thawed over night. Once they were chopped, it was apparent that there wasn't going to be enough tomatoes so I dug into the back of the freezer and found the last bag of plum tomatoes. In years past, farmer Allan has given me buckets of tomato seconds but this year he didn't have a very good crop of tomatoes - as a result, there are no more tomatoes in the freezer.
Mixed batch of hot peppers
The chopped seeded peppers and tomatoes (not seeded) were combined with white vinegar and simmered until soft. Puree with hand blender, then combined with spices and sugar and more vinegar, simmer for awhile until right consistency.
Ready to go into the canner
Next day - this sauce is HOT. There was some leftover that I just put into the fridge and hoo wee. It's hot.
There is still a bag of peppers left so I'm going to dehydrate the rest.
This morning I went to the local farmer's market and bought a couple of organic grapefruit from FL. I used the fruit in a salad and as I was about to put the rinds down the garbage disposal, I thought about candied peel. I've never done it but thought what the heck.
Chopped peel. It was boiled several times in water to remove the bitterness.
Make a sugar syrup, then add peel and boil until syrup is gone.
Drying on the rack. Once dry, the peel can be rolled in sugar or melted chocolate.
Aside from eating out of hand, what else can be done with candied peel?