Canning is a great way to preserve vegetables for the winter. If they are grown with their own hands, then vegetable preparations will cost quite inexpensively. But even if you have to buy canned food products, the savings will still be tangible, since at the height of the vegetable season all the necessary ingredients are quite inexpensive.
Each family has its own food preferences. Therefore, the assortment of canned vegetables harvested for the winter is individual in every home. But there are recipes that almost every housewife uses. Zucchini are especially good in this regard. The vegetable has a neutral taste, which allows you to prepare a wide variety of dishes from it, from desserts to savory snacks.
One of them is mother-in-law's tongue with tomato paste. In different variations, these canned foods are present on the table in every home in winter. This vegetable salad is also good because it can be cooked even in late autumn, since quite ripe zucchini are also suitable for it, and tomato paste that is quite expensive at this time is replaced by tomato paste.
This salad is spicy, like a mother-in-law's tongue. But the degree of pungency is selected by each hostess according to her taste. For those who like "hot" - hot pepper and garlic can be put in more, and if someone prefers a neutral taste, these hot ingredients can be taken quite a bit, just so that the canned food does not deteriorate in winter. They make preparations with this name from eggplants.
There can be many options for preparing these canned foods. Changing the proportions and composition of ingredients affects the taste of the finished product. In order to find the very recipe that will become your favorite for many years, you will first have to try several different options.
Very sharp mother-in-law tongue
This recipe is for lovers of "fiery" food, it contains a lot of everything - garlic, hot pepper, tomato paste. The following products will be required for canning:
- zucchini - 2 kg;
- sweet feather - 300 g;
- medium sized garlic - 3 heads;
- hot pepper - 2 pods;
- tomato paste - 400 g;
- sugar - 2/3 cup;
- refined vegetable oil - 2/3 cup;
- salt - 1.5 tablespoons;
- vinegar 9% - 4 tablespoons.
We mix tomato paste and water. We do this in a saucepan in which the mother-in-law's tongue will be prepared. Divide the garlic into chives, peel, cut off the top of the hot pepper, cut the peppers in half, completely remove the seeds, as well as the partitions to which they are attached. Prepare sweet peppers in the same way.
Advice! The last operation is best done with rubber gloves. The pungent juice of bitter pepper can easily burn your hands.
We pass all the peppers and garlic through a meat grinder and put in a saucepan. The turn of the zucchini has come. They need to be washed well, if necessary - remove the skin, cut off the hard ends.
Attention! For harvesting, you can use zucchini of any degree of maturity.
Young fruits are easier to clean and cook faster. But mature vegetables have a more pronounced taste.
The traditional shape for zucchini in this blank is elongated pieces that look like tongues. But such cutting takes a lot of time. If you don't want to spend it irrationally, and the aesthetic component is not important, you can cut the zucchini into pieces of any shape. The main condition is that they must be large enough, but such that it is convenient to put them in a jar ready-made.
Season our sauce with salt, add sugar and vinegar, vegetable oil, stir and bring to a boil. Put the zucchini in the boiling sauce. If they do not completely fit into the pan, you can divide them into batches and put them in turn, waiting for the previous part of the vegetables to settle down a little.
Attention! Do not wait until the first batch of zucchini is boiled - it will ruin the dish.
The workpiece is cooked no more than 20 minutes after boiling.
Warning! Do not exceed the cooking time. The zucchini will become soft and lose their shape, the dish will not only look unappetizing, but also lose its taste.
Canned food cans must be prepared in advance. They must be dry sterilized. This is best done in an oven heated to about 150 degrees. For liter and half-liter, an exposure of 15 minutes is required.
Attention! Do not place cans in the oven that have not dried out - they may crack.
We pack the prepared salad in jars, roll it up tightly and turn it over. When cool, we put the canned food in the basement or any other cool place where they will be stored.
The cans are turned over to check for leaks.
Mother-in-law tongue with mustard
Here, in addition to the usual spicy ingredients, there is mustard, which adds even more spice to the dish. It is designed for those who are used to spicy dishes and cannot imagine a single meal without them.
To prepare winter harvesting you will need:
- zucchini ready for cutting - 3kg;
- tomato juice - 1.4 l;
- tomato paste - 2 tablespoons;
- bell pepper - 3 pcs.;
- hot pepper - 3 pcs.;
- peeled cloves of garlic - 100 g;
- ready-made mustard - 1 tablespoon;
- sugar - 1 glass;
- salt - 3 tablespoons;
- vinegar 9% - 4 tablespoons.
My vegetables. We cut the zucchini in half horizontally, and then into slices having a thickness of 1.5 cm and a length of 10 cm.
Advice! For this recipe, it is best to use small unripe vegetables, about 20 cm long.
In a saucepan, mix the tomato ingredients, salt, add sugar, pour out vinegar, add vegetable oil, add mustard. Chop the garlic. We do the same with peppers, removing seeds from them. We put everything in the sauce. Bring it to a boil. Add cooked zucchini, bring the preparation to a boil. Mix gently, being careful not to break the zucchini pieces. It takes about 40 minutes to cook the vegetable mixture.
Attention! The cooking time depends on the maturity of the zucchini. Young fruits cook faster than old ones.
Put the zucchini in dry and sterilized jars and pour the sauce up to the shoulders. We immediately roll up and insulate for a day.
For those who love this salad, but do not want or cannot eat too spicy dishes for health reasons, there is a gentle version with moderate spiciness.
Mother-in-law's tongue is moderately sharp
It will require:
- zucchini - 2 kg;
- sweet pepper - 500 g;
- hot pepper - 1 pc;
- garlic - 1 head;
- sugar - 250 g;
- salt - 80 g;
- vinegar 9% - 50 ml;
- tomato paste - 250 ml;
- water - 0.5 l;
- optional - allspice, cardamom, cloves.
Stir the tomato paste with water. We put the pan to heat up. Meanwhile, clean and chop the chives and both peppers.
Advice! Hot pepper seeds are much sharper than the pulp. For the spiciness of canned food, you can leave them alone. If you want the dish not to be spicy, be sure to remove not only the seeds, but also the partitions to which they are attached.
Add everything to the pot. While the sauce is boiling, wash, clean the zucchini and cut into thin plates, like tongues. We add the remaining ingredients at the rate. As soon as the sauce boils, add the zucchini. You need to cook the workpiece for half an hour. We pack the ready-made mother-in-law's tongue in dry sterilized jars.
Important! First, you need to decompose the solid components into the jars, and then pour the sauce, which should completely cover the vegetables.
They need to be rolled up using sterilized lids, turned over to check the tightness and well wrapped. After a day, we transfer the jars to permanent storage in the cold.
In conclusion, one more recipe, in which there is unexpectedly a lot of tomato paste. This gives the workpiece a rich tomato flavor. Tomatoes are a healthy vegetable; when cooked, most of their medicinal substances are preserved.
Tomato mother-in-law tongue
There are also a lot of spicy ingredients in this recipe, so the dish is for spicy lovers.
- zucchini - 3 kg;
- hot pepper - 4 pcs.;
- sweet pepper - 5 pcs;
- peeled garlic - 100g;
- 1 glass of sugar and vegetable oil;
- salt - 4 tbsp. spoons;
- vinegar 9% - 3 tbsp. spoons;
- tomato paste - 900 g;
- water - 1l.
We mix water and tomato paste. Boil the thick sauce. Dissolve sugar and salt in it, season with vegetable oil and vinegar. We twist the chives and peeled peppers with a meat grinder. We send them to a saucepan with sauce. Cut the peeled zucchini into slices or small pieces and put in a thick sauce. Cook the workpiece for 40 minutes.
Attention! The sauce in this recipe is quite thick. To prevent the vegetable mixture from burning, it must be stirred frequently.
We spread the zucchini over the prepared jars and fill them with sauce. Seal immediately. Canned food should be wrapped warmly for 24 hours.
Mother-in-law's tongue is a universal winter preparation that can be cooked in any way - spicy or not very. But whatever she is, she won't have to stand for a long time. This dish, both hot and cold, is eaten first.