Thursday, August 27, 2015

Home Canning

Well, to make up for my lack of posts for so long, here's another one.

I didn't do any canning last year. I guess having a newborn during the summer months was a good enough excuse. But I sure did miss all that homemade jam throughout the year. Well, this year has been a different story! It is August and I've got over 70 jars canned. I have the basement kitchen set-up as my own canning centre, and it has made the process quick and painless!

 So far, I have made strawberry syrup, strawberry jam, strawberry-rhubarb jam, huckleberry jam, nectarine jam, sweet zucchini relish, zucchini dill pickles, and pickled beets. Let me tell you a sad story about those last two. My husband had taken an empty vinegar bottle and filled it up with water to use as a weight. Well, somehow it made it back to the shelf where the regular vinegar would go and I used it for my zucchini pickles and pickled beets. The funny thing is, I never noticed that it didn't smell like vinegar until later I had to open another bottle of vinegar for something. But that was a week after my jars had been sealed and pickled with water. So all those had to go in the compost heap. Whimper. I plan on making some more pickled beets this week though. Now that I am sufficiently over the trauma.
 This afternoon, while the kids napped, I canned the salsa that I prepared last night from our own garden tomatoes.
I hope it tastes good! I think a few jars of apple butter and pickled beets will round off the canning year. How about you? Have you been attempting to can anything this year?

2 comments:

  1. Look at the bounty! Looks great! Sorry about the pickled beets and zucchini pickles!

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  2. Wow that's fabulous!!! You're so lucky to have such an abundance of fresh food and the space to can and to store your canning! Well done. Home canning is such a wonderful luxury

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