Saturday, July 7, 2012
A few years ago Scott told me that he wanted to start canning. Go for it, I said. You see, we get all of these grand ideas for projects but then...besides all of the other projects that I have swimming in my own head. Canning is one of those things that just seemed so involved. So old fashioned. So...not me. Besides, we can't get fresh/local produce in Dallas that would make putting up produce worth the effort.
I was so wrong.
Well, maybe I should amend: I am so learning.
Last summer some of my favorite quilting blogs showed pictures of their beautiful canned goodies and I coveted. You mean people, young people, are still canning? And then a friend on Facebook showed her pantry full of canned goods. You mean you can buy enough good produce in Dallas to process a pantry worth of food? I told Scott to start doing research and picked up the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. (Also thanks to Care for sending me the Ball Blue Book).
That was almost a year ago. And at the beginning of the summer our produce prices were so high (some still are) that it just didn't make sense to preserve. Until I tasted the strawberries of this summer. I don't know if it's just me, but are the strawberries more delicious this year than ever? And the prices aren't bad either. So...we took many deep breaths, hulled about 50 ounces of strawberries, and jammed away.
It was a bit chaotic, especially as we filled the first jar (hence the lack of pictures), but the rest went smoothly and I'm already plotting my next trip to our local farmers market and the next canning project. Thinking Peach BBQ sauce. Tasty, huh? I'm still not ready for the pressure canning but it's on my list for one day, especially with the amount of stew that we eat in our house.
Where do you fall in the canning party? Are you a seasoned veteran (if so, tips/advice are welcome below) or does canning scare the pants off you? I'm still wavering towards the scared off pants side, but baby steps, right?
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