Monday, August 30, 2010

canning & preserving...

This year one of my summertime goals was to do some preserving and some canning to build a stocked pantry full of good, whole, local fruits and veggies for the rest of the year.

So far here's what I've got done:
7 quarts peaches
8 pints peaches
2 batches of raspberry freezer jam
2 batches of blackberry freezer jam
1 batch of strawberry freezer jam
10 quarts of gravenstein applesauce + bunches of small containers for lunches
1 flat of blueberries frozen
1/2 flat of blackberries frozen

Here's what I still want to do:

more applesauce
more peaches
tomatoes??? - if I ever get any off my 10 plants :\

This whole canning and freezing, and preserving business is new to me, but I have to say it's kind of fun! (I especially like that it gives my mom and I an excuse to spend time together in the kitchen!) I feel like I'm learning something that will be able to benefit my family for a long time to come! I still have a lot to learn, but so far, I like what I've done! What do you like to can and preserve???

Keeper of the Home, put together a great guide to canning and preserving check it out here... if you're like me and your new to all of this, you'll love this guide, it is really helpful!

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