Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Canning Season

One distinct advantage (among many) to living in our neck of the woods is the tremendous amount of produce that is grown here. And this time of the year there is an absolute bounty of fruit available. I used to can a lot of fruit and vegetables to save on the grocery bill but I have become quite lax about it for the last 10 years or so.

However, with the economic situation as it currently is, it only seems wise to start stockpiling food again. My daughters agreed and asked if I would teach them how to can. So last Saturday we had a Family Fun and Canning Day.

Okay, maybe that's stretching it a bit. But we did have all the family, there was some fun involved, and we definitely got some canning done.







We did peaches with sugar and peaches without sugar, apples, and pears. The girls wanted some fruit without sugar so they could use it for baby food for the babies. They wisely don't want to add sugar to the little one's diets. We still have a couple of bushels of apples left but we couldn't get it all done on Saturday. So every evening this week I will do a little more.

Tonight my husband and I are doing applesauce while we watch the debates. I figure that's as good a time as any to pulverize fruit and squash the living daylights out of it.

8 comments:

Karen said...

I love your comment about the debates! Thanks for the chuckle:)

Barb said...

Oh, that last remark made me laugh out loud, Robin. Applesauce is the perfect thing to make tonight while the debate is on. Too bad you don't have some rotten tomatoes on hand to throw at the TV. LOL

gail@more than a song said...

Y'all are so smart to get all that work done...you'll be so glad to have it ready to use later!

Just read a headline online that said tonight was the last chance for McCain, that made me sad!

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

What a wonderful work of your hands! I would love to try something like that.

M&M_Mama said...

I love canned fruit! It is a lot of work, I admire you all for doing it. I'm hoping to get some apple pie filling done in the next couple of days and maybe some canned salsa. I've never tried to can either of those so we'll see. My next door neighbor and her sister canned a bunch of apple pie filling and it looked so good! What a great family thing to do as well. And yes--I too laughed at your comment about the debates. And I liked Barb's comment about the tomatoes. That's what I should done with all those tomatoes--thrown them at the T.V. then I wouldn't have to can them! Just kidding.

Dawn said...

Your final comment capped it off beautifully!

Sounds like a very productive day, though I don't think it sounds like much fun! But good for all of you!

Dawn said...

Me again - I forgot to tell you also good job on your new look!

dianne - bunny trails said...

Love how you used pulverize in the same sentence as debate! LOL!! I wish I had been industrious enough to obtain some produce and do some canning. But I was too busy trying to buy a house and move. Maybe next year. We have apple and plum trees here. Don't know if we'll have a harvest, but that would be wonderful! :D