If you’re like most people, you’ve never heard of Thimbleberries. You won’t find them in a store, and they probably don’t grow where you live. Thimbleberries are similar to raspberries, but only grow in the Keweenaw peninsula of the upper … Continue reading
Strawberry jam is such a great way to try canning for the first time. You don’t need any crazy equipment–just a big pot, a ladle, jars, lids, and rings. And your ingredients: strawberries, sugar (so much sugar), pectin, and lemon … Continue reading
Canning isn’t easy. Doable, but a fair amount of work. Canning when you only have one foot is even harder. Doable, but even more work. Three cheers for friends who help!
Here’s the deal. Canned apple pie is pretty great. When you have canned filling, all you have to do is make (buy?) a pie crust, pour in a jar of pie filling and bake it. Voila! You have apple pie! You’ve already done all the chopping, sauce making, and spicing. Now, the pie is the easy part.
I followed this recipe. I found that the recipe makes enough sauce for 8 to 9 quarts, not the 7 quarts the recipe says. Win!
So, getting chopping….
It’s the first day of September. Welcome!
August was an all around winning month. I spent time in Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and Mississippi, and drove through all the states in between. I watched movies, laid in parks, rode a Ferris wheel (twice), learned how to change the oil in my car, had people over for dinner, hung out with the family, enjoyed many-a campfire, watched the stars, wished on a shooting one, made new friends and spent time with old ones. I wouldn’t wish for a single thing more out of my month of summer.
I canned. Tomatoes! And I got them at a bargain price, if I do say so myself.
In August, unlike in July, I actually cooked a recipe or two of my 101 in 1001. Most notably, I made pasties. Twice. I also made some ginger cookies. And homemade tomato sauce. Once I get around to blogging the cookies, I can cross that recipe off the 101. Because those cookies were a winner.
With August behind us, here comes September. The bottom third of the year two thousand and eleven. The month of fall’s advent. Crazy.
- I’m going to travel to Virginia this weekend and Minnesota in 2 weeks. Camping. Hiking. Wedding. Canoeing. Good friends. After this month, I’ll stay put for awhile. Promise.
- I want to make as many veggie dishes as possible this month with all of the farmer’s market goods I can find, including a tasty tomato recipe I found in this month’s Whole Living magazine.
- More canning and freezing.
- I want to take more pictures. Pictures of people. I have a pathetically small amount of summer pictures.
- Also, I’m going to get into a routine of cardio and strength training that will carry me through the fall.
I wanna know: Are you excited about fall’s arrival? Or would you like summer to stick around longer?
I have successfully canned! I feel like a more accomplished individual. I now have, in my pantry, 12 jars of crushed tomatoes and 4 jars of salsa.
Let me tell you, canning was an adventure. I’m far from an expert, so I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of canning in this post. But I will say that if you have any inclination to can, you should give it a whirl.
Here are some resources:
- I got a lot of good information from You Grow Girl, including her very simple recipe for canning tomatoes and her well written directions for the canning process.
- pickyourown.org has a lot of great resources, including where to find pick-your-own farms and canning, freezing, and preserving directions, FAQ, and recipes.
- Ball Canning has great recipes and tips on their website.
If you don’t have your own garden produce to can, check out your local farm market or a farm on pickyourown.org. Ask if they have a discount for canning produce. They might have some that’s not as pretty to sell that they would love to sell you for your chopping and preserving purposes. Ask if they have any tips for how to best preserve the produce that you want to buy.
I wanna know: Do you can or freeze produce when it’s in season so that you can enjoy it throughout the winter?