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.