Is the canning! Oh canning, how I have missed you!
Seriously, during the school year, who has time (ok, I’ll admit to canning on the weekends, but during the week?!)? I have come to the realization that I am entirely too busy most of the time. I love not having to worry about being on time for this or that, even though it doesn’t change what time I get up in the morning. I am solidly looking forward to summer.
One difference this time around is my canning buddies. There are three of us at this point; two are completely new to canning this week. Now another friend of all of ours is interested as well, and that’s great! All of our kids can hang out together (and with the fourth, that will be 9 kids) while we can. Another perk is that they are inclined to books and yarn like I am, too. The conversation is never-ending, and I’m not even the one doing all the talking!!
Thursday afternoon, everyone came here. We got S’s carrots going first, since they needed to pressure cook. S ended up with 18 pints of carrots, since that’s what I can fit in my canner/pressure cooker at one time.
K brought her canner, which is the same one I have, and we started in on my pears. I confess, we took a yarn detour before the canning, so we started later than we probably intended to. I ended up with 15 quarts and 15 pints, and about 4 pears left over. Of course, the kids were in and out eating them as they had on Wednesday.
What’s on deck next? Chickens.
Yep. For real. We’re going to be planting the garden this weekend, but first, hunny and I are going to look at chickens, and perhaps give one a try. We’re also going to firm our plans for building into the garage and greatly expanding the pantry. Either way we decide to go, I will end up with a huge, honkin’ pantry, which will completely solve my “don’t have enough room for my jars” issue – at least until I fill it.
Food-wise, I think the next items on my list to can are going to be beans of all varieties (pinto, navy, northern, etc) and then stock. I’m completely out of all stock, but I have bones in the freezer, so once the other girls get their stashes up, we’ll have to make a day of it. Or maybe they can bring their yarn and I’ll can. Either way, it’s great fun and great company!
Canning. Give it a try! You may be surprised at how addictive it is! There’s nothing better than seeing all your jars lined up with *your* food in them, knowing how the food was processed and what the ingredients are. It’s right up there with books and yarn!