I believe that I am finally done with canning for the year, particularly since I am out of jars and space.
August 23 peaches
September 15 pears and tomatoes
September 15 green beans
And here are the top drawers of our kitchen cabinets where I store our home canned produce. And they are completely full.
I do not believe I have never completely filled them before. These drawers are deep so this is an impressive amount of work. I am glad to be done, and we will enjoy these added-sugar-free foods all year.
Congratulations, Donna! That’s really a fantastic accomplishment! It’s very good that you have such nice storage space for your jars, too! We have always had to keep ours in a room on the outside of the back of the house. Not such a good thing. But it worked out. Ron and I built shelves in there shortly after moving here. The water heater is also in the small room. Now you can put your feet up and relax for a bit!
Thanks Jeanne! It is an accomplishment. It is a nice space, as long as we do not have a significant earthquake here. That would be quite sad. I haven’t been able to put my feet up and relax though. Today after my 24 hour shift, I did the chores, harvested vegetables, picked grapes and got them ready for wine, and finished processing a felted wool rug. There is always work to do here.
How wonderful! It is a satisfying thing to see our shelves lined with all those marvelous foods we’ve grown and put up. You will be tasting a little of the summer all year!
Thanks Dorothy! It is nice to have a full larder. And the pears and peaches are especially nice in the dead of winter.
I have a question: When you can your pears, do you slip them into a bowl of salted water before you put them into the jars? I didn’t at first, until I learned that it would keep them from darkening. It doesn’t take much salt. They stay nice and white.
Nice tip! Does this work better than lemon juice?
I don’t use either. I just work fast.
It doesn’t work any better, but you don’t get the taste of lemon, either!
Sorry I didn’t see your question sooner. I hope you see this.
Nicely done! This looks beautiful!