I need more patience.
And of course homemade relish is much healthier (no high fructose corn syrup, GMO-white vinegar, locust bean gum, or other not-good-for-you ingredients) than what you find in the store. It's my ingredient for many dishes, making it a versatile canned good. I use a hand chopper to make this, and this is the recipe I've been using over the years.
Drain well, and squeeze out excess water.
Fill a pot with 2 cups of organic apple cider vinegar, 3 cups of sugar, 1 Tbsp. celery seeds, and 1 Tbsp. mustard seeds. Bring to a boil, add vegetables and boil 10 minutes.
Fill 4, sterilized, hot pint jars, and new lids, and use water bath method to can your jars. Process 10 minutes.
With the garden demise this year, it's more important for me to stick with versatile canned goods - the basics to create many meals. I will miss my canned potatoes, and some other canned goods, like pizza sauce, but we are adapting. I am still hoping (and praying) for a good supply of tomato sauce.
It's hard to say just exactly what is the most important to can for a family our size, but I feel we must stick with the basics this year. Oh, I cannot wait until our plum, peach, and apple trees produce. We never seem to have enough fruit for winter storage. At least I know we'll have enough jam/jelly for PB and J sandwiches.
Patience. There's that word again.
What are your basic, versatile, canned goods for winter?