Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Canning Season

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Slowly but surely, my canning pantry is beginning to fill up with deliciousness.

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There are plum preserves… and fig preserves will soon follow. The figs are plentiful, but not quite ripe.

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And one of my favorites, bread-and-butter pickles. I have a dear friend who gave me some yellow squash pickles this winter and I knew I would make these this year. Aren’t they gorgeous? I’ll make some dill pickles out of my lemon cucumbers soon. I’m planning to pickle them whole which I think will be lovely.

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And I’m on the verge of a tomato canning marathon. There will be salsa, spaghetti sauce, and stewed tomatoes to enjoy this winter. Yum!

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I had to share this fluke with you…

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Have you ever seen such? I’d never seen anything like it, and oddly enough, a friend of mine had a couple of these turn up in her garden, too.

It’s a mystery to me.

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Yes, it brings me happiness to see these empty jars being filled. I know we’ll appreciate all of this hard work come winter. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than nourishing my sweet family. It just feels right to be doing these things.

I don’t plan to do much canning this summer. Only tomatoes, pickles, preserves, apple pie filling, and applesauce. I simply won’t live without these things in the winter. For everything else, we’ll enjoy it while it’s in season. I’m planning a fall and winter garden this year, and we’ll enjoy what the ground offers then. It just makes sense to eat this way - with produce at it’s peak. Besides, I love cabbage, rutabagas, turnips, broccoli, and other cool weather veggies. There will also be stored winter squash to enjoy, as well as onions and potatoes.


I am grateful that God allows us to enjoy the fruits of our labors and find joy in the simple things. This is such a good life He has given us. I purpose to make the most of it each and every day.

What a magnificent creation he has given us to enjoy!

8 comments:

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Melissa! Your pantry shelves are looking really good. Our plums are just coming ripe so my Dear Hubby just brought the canner up to the house and some pint jars so sometime over the next week I know what I'll be doing! Those squash pickles look good...I'm going to look those up on the internet and see about making some of those. I've got a lot of yellow squash and there's only two of us and there's only so much you can give away ;) Looks like you're keeping busy....I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July! Take care.....Maura :)

MAYBELLINE said...

Your rogue tomato is a fun fluke from the garden. That can happen in so many fruits and vegetables. It's a comical find to stumble upon one.

Your post made me smile:
"my canning panty is begin to fill up with deliciousness." I know your fingers were flying and meant to type pantry. It made me giggle even more when I scrolled down to see your photo of the tomato oddity.

Thanks for the smile.

Melissa said...

Maura, I'll send you the recipe I used... really, you can use any bread and butter recipe and substitute the squash. My Ball Complete Book of Home Canning suggested it. : )

Maybelline, I almost wet my pants because I laughed so hard when I read your post!!! What a typo... especially with the tomato pics. Too funny! Glad you laughed, too. : )

The Mac's House said...

Melissa,

Oh canning something that I have wanted to do for years. My mother use to can and I use to have the wonderful task of sterilizing and setting up all the parts to get ready for the entire day of canning. I am itching to do it.....

Thanks for sharing your photos....

Melissa said...

Teri, I know how you feel. My grandmother always canned the excess from her garden and I have wonderful memories of the experience. You should take the plunge. I highly recommend the Ball Complete Book of Home Canning. It simplifies the process and has tons of great recipes.

Melissa said...

Okay, I couldn't take reading this post anymore without correcting the typo Maybelline mentioned!!!

MAYBELLINE said...

Booo! You caved.

Melissa said...

Maybelline, I'm too much the perfectionist to allow that post to remain imperfect. And it was seriously flawed!!! I did get a kick out of it though. I remember writing that post with both my little ones underfoot begging me for this and that. I ended up publishing it before proofing it. BIG MISTAKE! ; )