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Canning Mason JarsSome days I just want to stay in bed curled up under my blankie. Unfortunately, I have a family that likes to eat and have clean clothes. I always wondered how this became Mom’s job. I understand that back in the day, the men worked and the women did home stuff. Now that women work too, how is it we still do everything else? Food for thought.

I really don’t recall how it happened but, it happened. In August I started canning our garden. I began with pickles because we had an over abundance of cucumbers. After canning over 50 jars of pickles and eating a cucumber everyday for 2 months, I went out and pulled the vines. I had officially been cucumbered out. I learned a valuable lesson for this year. I really don’t need 3 cucumber plants. I am going with only 2 this year. We have so many and there are still 12 jars in my pantry.

After the pickle craze, I decided to go to out local orchard and pick a few bushels of apples. The kids had so much fun doing this but, we will definitely go on a warmer day this year. Everyone wanted apple sauce, which I am not a huge fan of. 25 pints later, it was a hit! It was so good that I had to bring all of my supplies 500 miles to my Mom’s to make her some, per her demand.. ahem… request.

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We did some experimenting with jams and jellies as well. We made blueberry, apple, watermelon, strawberry and grape. Other than the conventional grape, apple was by far my absolute favorite. I didn’t think I would like it but it was heavenly. We gifted some of those as well and people went insane over them. One of my friends said she couldn’t live without more and would never buy from the store again. I guess it was that good?

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All off this “playing around” with mason jars and recipes turned into a full blow addiction. You wouldn’t believe how quickly mason jars fill up. Just when you think you have enough, you run out!

We ended up purchasing 2 Pressure Canners (NOT pressure cookers), a 33 qt canning pot, tons of jars, tools, oh my! The pressure canners are needed for meat, poultry, fish and a lot of vegetables. It scared me!

I started buying 40-50 pounds of meat and chicken from Zaycon Fresh. I have so much canning stuff that some days I have no idea where to put it all. However, it’s something that I enjoy and Spencer really is a great helper. I hope that when he grows up and has a family, he will be a gardener and a canner as well.

For me personally, it has become a fun addiction. It also make dinner go a lot faster and it’s healthier. Meats are already cooked, potatoes are already cleaned, peeled and cooked. All I have to decide is what to do with them. Easy Peasy!

Right now I have all of my seedlings growing for my spring garden. It’s very exciting and the kids are more inclined to try what we grow. I always thought that was never going to work with my children. I was pleasantly surprised that it did! They all love broccoli now and without cheese at that.

Any seasoned canners have any great recipes or tips to share?

 

Pickled Onions

Pickled Onions

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

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Potatoes, Chicken, Beef

Oranges

Oranges

Carrots

Carrots

 

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