I also want to make some Lemon Basil Sorbet and Ice. I've got loads of lemon basil and I have a friend that absolutely LOVES the ice recipe. She's been such a help and comfort to me this year. She will sit and listen to me whine and complain and still puts up with me; and on top of all that, she helps me to laugh at myself. Her friendship is an integral part of my life and I appreciate her - so sometime this week I want to make her some Lemon Basil Ice. While I'm at it I may make several containers of sorbet and freeze them for a special treat during the Winter. Well, I'm off to work!!!
The hot sauce recipe calls for pickling spice so the first thing I had to do was make Pickling Spice. Yes, I could have gone to the store and grabbed a box but I have all the ingredients in my herb kitchen. I made up a batch, labeled the jar and put it in my pantry for the next time I needed it. I'll be happy to put the recipe on my Recipe page for you after I get my work done today but I've bitten off a little more than I can chew so I'll put it on a little later tonight.
I got busy quartering tomatoes and adding them to the pot with some vinegar and hot peppers. Trust me here - I remembered why I made a double batch the last time, thereby only having to make it every other year. Man I hate cleaning and deseeding the peppers. I wear gloves and I even wear a mask but it never fails to make my lungs a little crazy with all that hot stuff in the air. All that being said, I've made some pretty good looking hot sauce this year. My sister and son will be very happy with me!!
After supper I'll begin work on the grape juice. It's going to be a late night!!