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Program #1009

Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

3 cups pickling cucumbers, sliced thin
3/4 cup onion, sliced thin
1 cup sugar

1/2 cup white vinegar (5% acidity)
1 teaspoon pickling salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon turmeric

Place all ingredients in a 2-quart covered dish (glass or Pyrex) and microwave 8 minutes.
Stir after 4 minutes. Cool.
Pack into sterilized half-pint or pint jars.
Label and store in refrigerator.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

This recipe makes enough for a large family. If you have leftovers, they freeze great!
3 large carrots, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1 yellow squash, shredded
1 bell pepper, minced
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 small onion, minced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
3 teaspoons dried herbs
1/4 cup honey or molasses or brown sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds ground meat (beef, pork or poultry)

Brown ground meat in skillet and drain away fat.
Add meat plus all remaining ingredients to slow cooker.
Cook on low approximately 6 hours or until vegetables are very soft, stirring occasionally.
Serve on buns, stuffed into peppers, or spooned over baked potatoes or pasta.

Sweet Potato Fries

3-4 large sweet potatoes
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon salt

Optional spices depending on your family's preference:
For savory flavor: Garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, black pepper
For sweet flavor: cinnamon-sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice
Wash and peel potatoes. Slice into thin shoestring style French fries.
Toss cut potatoes with oil and salt. Add any optional spices you prefer.
Toss to evenly distribute spices.
Place potatoes on a dark baking sheet pan. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes,
shaking pan occasionally to ensure even browning.
Remove potatoes from oven when golden brown on edges and crisp. Add additional salt, if desired.

Salt in Antiquity

While salt is cheap today, it used to be worth its weight in gold. Historians believe that Roman soldiers were once paid with salt. In fact, the word 'salary' comes from the Latin word 'salarium,' or payment in salt. During the late Roman Empire, salt was carried across 400 miles of the Sahara desert by caravans of as many as 40,000 camels. It was that important to humanity!