Old Sourdough Hot Mix by Larry Andersen

Old Sourdough

Hot Mix

The vegetables are crisp and have their own distinctive taste that has been melded with the flavors of the spices and chili peppers. They are snappy with out being too hot. The taste is clean without the oily after taste of some commercial hot mixes.

Preparation: 3 hours over 2 days Life Experience Recipe
Makes 6 pints
Ingredients:
  • 1 small cauliflower cut into florettes
  • 6 jalapeo peppers
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 6 small-medium onions, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 12 sage leaves
  • 12 sprigs Italian parsley
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled
  • 12 cayenne peppers
  • 5 stalks celery
  • Brine (1 1/2 cups pickling salt per 2 quarts of water)
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 12 sprigs thyme
  • Distilled white vinegar
Procedure
  1. Prepare vegetables: Cut cauliflower into florettes, peel and cut carrots into 1-inch lengths, julienne sweet red pepper, peel and quarter onions, trim and string celery and cut into 1-inch lengths.
  2. Place vegetables, including jalapeos and cayenne peppers, in crock or non-reactive coverable container. Cover with brine and soak for 24 hours.
  3. Plunge sage, parsley and thyme into boiling water, wait 10 seconds then scoop into iced water. Reserve half for placing in jars, and the other half to simmer with the vegetables.
  4. Use colander to thoroughly drain brine from vegetables. Place in non-reactive pot, add peppercorns, mustard seed and the reserved half of the sage, thyme and parsley. Add enough white vinegar to cover.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Place 1 sage leaf, 1 sprig of thyme and parslet in the bottom of each sterilized pint jar. Place vegetables into jars using slotted spoon. Try to put equal amounts of each vegetables in each jar. Top with the cooking liquid allowing 1/2 inch headspace. Make sure some of the peppercorns and mustard seeds are put into each bottle.
  7. Seal and process in hot water bath for 10 minutes. Follow prescribed procedures.
  8. Store in cool dark place and age three months. Invert bottles every week or so to keep all vegetables covered with the liquid.

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