Monday, August 23, 2010

I Am In Canning Paradise

We have a lot going this week in the canning kitchen. Over the weekend we canned tomato juice-21 quarts, salsa-10 pints, chokecherry/peach jelly-10 half pints and the Cowboy Candy that I blogged about before. This week we have more of all of the above to can as well as pears, more peaches (hopefully),

and Tennessee Sweet Potato Squash (that's it above, they're huge) and Pie Pumpkin. I'm canning both the squash and pumpkin in a sugar syrup, the pumpkin will have cinnamon and nutmeg added, then you can open a can and voila'! pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, steamed pumpkin pudding, pumpkin bread, the list is almost endless. I will can some pumpkin plain because we like it in Winter Vegetable Chowder (that has parsnips, carrots, beets, squashes and pumpkin). I'd like to can beef tips this week, but I might not get to that. I love canning but the sewing suffers when I'm busy putting things in jars and the canning suffers when I'm sewing a lot. Such is life. There isn't enough "me" to go around some days. :-) I put an advertisement in our local newspaper to purchase canning jars and over the past few weeks I have acquired about 600 more jars, there are jars *everywhere*! We have hundreds of jars filled already and plans to fill most of the rest. Life is busy, work is good, I am happy.


  1. Wonderful post. I'm inspired!

  2. What a great post! I love it.
    Take a pic of the jars filled - that'd be neat to see!

  3. Hopefully next year I can plant a garden & attempt canning some of the harvest. Your blog really inspires me to try & live more off the land, instead of relying on supermarkets.

    God bless in your endeavors,
    Sarah Grace

  4. WOW! That's alot of jars!

    Have fun with the pumkin. We canned about 100 medium sized pumkins last year.... *sighs* :D


  5. It all sounds so yummy! That is a lot of pumpkin, what will you do with it all?

  6. Stephanie Ann, what we don't eat the cow, chickens and turkeys will. It will add some appreciated variety as well as vitamins to their diet this winter. We love pumpkin, but it is mainly animal food (as well as a natural de-wormer).

    Mrs. G