I love the idea of canning. I love the look of glass jars filled with beautiful food that someone has lovingly packed and sealed for another day. I don’t know much about canning, and what I do know I’ve pretty much taught myself. Canning is a LOT of work. It’s actually a little expensive too, if you have to buy everything new. At the end of the day, I think it’s worth it though.
I’ve always made jam. Somebody must have taught me that? Mom? Otherwise I might have just tried it on my own and asked my mom if I was doing it right. She has always made jam, so has my grandma. Maybe Grandma showed me how? I wish I could remember!
We went strawberry picking this weekend, for the sole purpose of making jam!
I think it’s just SO pretty! I made 7 batches of strawberry and 1 batch of “rhu-berry.” That’s my new name for strawberry rhubarb. I want to have 52 jars of jam stored away until next berry/fruit picking season. I have 32 jars so far. I still want to make raspberry jam when our raspberries come in and possibly blueberry.
Here’s my canning/freezing goals for the summer:
- 52 pint size jars of jam-32 down 20 to go! (1 jar a week)
- 12 quart size jars of hot salsa (for Mr. Taffy-1 a month, it’s how I get him to eat tomatoes!)
- 4 gallon freezer bags full of blueberries
- 4 gallon freezer bags full of sliced peaches
- 6 quart size jars of fruit syrup-blueberry and raspberry
- canned peaches-not sure how many yet. I tried canning pears one year and it was a disaster, I’m a little more confident now so I might try it again. I love peaches on cottage cheese and canned would be nicer than frozen. I order peaches and blueberries from Michigan each year and pick them up in Wisconsin. I’ll be calling in my order on Tuesday.
- Zucchini-either frozen shredded or frozen baked into bread. My children LOVE zucchini bread.
I have some other goals as well, but it kind of depends on how well the garden does. We haven’t had any garden item do so well that we had to freeze the harvest, we just pretty much ate it all as it was ripening. My squash and zucchini seem happier this year though, so maybe I’ll have extra, that’s my hope anyway.
I bought a ketchup mix…to make my own ketchup. That would be fun too, just depends on how many I get from my garden. Salsa is first on the list, ketchup second.
With all the dishes I’ve washed the past few days it’s a wonder my fingernails are still long! I LOVE rubber gloves!
How about you? Do you can or freeze food in the summer? What do you like to make?