Did I mention that I also am/did process the Olives from my little tree, all 3 #s of them. I couldn't get any lye so I processed part in water and part in a brine solution. The brine jar will probably be done this week, but the water one was done 2 weeks ago so I put those olives in the final brine/vinegar/herb/lemon peel/oil solution to hang out until Thanksgiving. A neighbor and I stole a taste today and are they good! Yaaaaaaaaa!
It's always such a relief when something that has taken so long to make finally does indeed come out good.
Now there is a recipe for Pear Ginger Liqueur that sounds interesting to try.