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I have a very small garden with only eight tomato plants (along with two zucchini plants and two cucumber plants) but today I did can ten pints of tomato sauce with my own homegrown basil, parsley and garlic. It's really rewarding to look at those old-fashioned glass jars neatly labeled and lined up on the shelf. For my next canning project I'd like to make pumpkin butter. Does anyone have a yummy recipe? Thank you in advance for the recipe(s). Suzanne, thanks so much for your daily posts. I'm a newcomer and I have to say I look forward to reading your posts every evening....and I'm totally in awe of all your accomplishments. I wish I lived in the country!
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February 6, 2011
9 quarts of cherry pie filling, 3 quarts of cherry syrup, 6 half pints of cherry jam, and 3 pints of cherry jam. I also froze 14 cups of cherries for later use. Cherries are finally done! Tomorrow it's more peaches, out to pick some of our first apples, and canning my first green beans. Beans have been so slow this year and are only just now starting to produce enough to pick. I also have to put up tomatoes tomorrow. Nothing feels as good as the "tired" after a good day's work!
September 7, 2010
November 9, 2010
Finally the tomatoes are ready. Last week, 12 pints of tomatoes, 10 pints of salsa and 5 qts of pickles. Also 21 baggies of corn for freezer. Today 12 qts of tomatoes and 3 qts of pickles. I definately done with pickles, but many more tomatoes to go. Can't wait to use my new steamer juicer in a few weeks for apples and grapes. Just 2 of us, so don't have a need for those large numbers. 3 weeks ago I did 12 pounds of refridgerator pickles for my wedding. Big hit but had tons left over. I am still giving them away. I don't want to look at another cucumber this summer.
February 10, 2011
Made choke cherry jelly and apple juice yesterday. Today is another batch of applesauce and some apple pie! Yum.:)
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September 30, 2010
Today I will be canning deli meat chicken. Yes, really! My sweetheart works for a high-end deli meat manufacturer and he told me after I got home from the retreat that they were able to purchase whole maple chicken deli meat (approx 5 lbs each) for $2.50 each! They are limiting them to 2 per day for as long as they last. So far we have 6! (We have bought them in the past like this but the sale price is normally $5 each.)
Anyway, sometimes we freeze them, but my favorite is to can them. We pull out my grandmother's old meat slicer (not like the cheaper models made today) and slice about 1" thick and then we turn the thick slices into cubes. Sometimes I leave in long slices but it seems to fit in the jars better if it's cubed. I realize the meat has already been cooked, however, to be on the safe side, I still can for the time recommended for poultry. We use it in any recipe that calls for canned chicken. Our favorites are chicken salad, chicken casseroles, Buffalo Chicken Dip...you get the picture. Hey, when I get a good deal like that, it's time to have both canners going on the stove!
December 14, 2010
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