I knew when we planted our garden this spring that I didn't want to do a lot of canning. It's just a lot of work, and I was tired and wanted rest.
Ahem. I did NO canning. Oh, wait. That's not true. I think I did up two batches of freezer jam: one strawberry and one peach. But still. That's not a lot. I imagine I'll regret that come fall and winter. But when it's 80-something degrees in the kitchen, I just cannot get motivated to can. No way.
I froze a lot of berries- strawberries and raspberries from our yard. We made several batches of fruit leather. We ate beans fresh and roasted them up for a few dinners. We made a lot of tomato-and-cucumber-and-garlic-and-basil-and-feta salads. YUM.
I still have tomatoes and basil coming out my ears. So this morning I was up early in the garden and picked a huge bowl of Sun Gold tomatoes (my favorite), and decided to try drying them. I just sliced them in half (quartering the larger ones), and then in a food processor, blended about 10 leaves of basil and a couple of garlic cloves and olive oil, and drizzled it all over the top of them. Sprinkled salt and pepper over the top and we'll see how it goes. But I cannot WAIT to try them. They look and smell delicious. :)
I'm contemplating doing this with my rhubarb. Has anyone ever tried this? And I'm definitely making some more rhubarb syrup just as soon as I can get ahold of some cheesecloth.