04 August 2010
I love canning season! My sister and I have kind of a deal worked out. She buys the produce, and I can it. I think we canned over 900 jars of food last year. I'm not sure how it will work out this year, since I'm moving two hours away, but I'm sure I'll figure something out. Something I'm wanting to try is the tattler reusable lids. I am planning on buying some before things get too busy, but I'm also hoping to win some from the give away at Homestead Revival. I didn't get them the first time. Maybe I'll get lucky this time.
My latest canning project was my beets -- not a lot there at 1 and 1/2 pints. I'm also canning some chicken to free up freezer space for other things. I caught a good deal on boxes of chicken, so I filled the freezer, but now, I'm wanting the space for other things. I would take a picture of the canned chicken, but it's really not pretty at all. The canned cider from last year is much prettier to look at. It is nice to know I have some meat on the shelf in case we lose power. I find it's also handy to have the precooked chicken for making chicken enchiladas or chicken chili. My husband just found out that I've been using canned chicken for the past year. He never noticed a difference, so he's on board now too.
Soon I'll be neck deep in tomato soup, spaghetti sauce, salsa, chili sauce, fruit of all varieties and anything else we can come up with. I love the feeling of my shelves being full.