Canning Season

Eating our own homegrown produce throughout the year is one of the benefits of having a large garden but in order to do so it must be preserved. As the tomatoes are ripening I am turning whatever we don’t eat fresh into juice. I will then cook it down into tomato sauce as needed. I did 10 quarts of juice this past week and will be doing more tomorrow.

I also discovered that we had way more cucumbers than we could eat before they went bad, so I decided to make a batch of bread and butter pickles. I haven’t made these in a few years so they will be a nice treat.

Do you do any home canning?

What is your favorite kind of pickle?

21 thoughts on “Canning Season

  1. Wow! This is impressive! I love how you used your very own homegrown produce because you’d know how pure it is!

    My mom would pickle shrimp and rice… I don’t know if you’ve heard of it.
    I make a very grainy guava jam! Hahaha! That’s the best I can do so even if people say it’s grainy and it gets stuck between their teeth… I am still somehow proud of it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    1. You’re right I never heard of pickled shrimp and rice. I have never had guava jam either so I guess I would not know if it should be grainy or not. LOL! I thin you should feel good about it and I applaud your efforts.

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      1. The pickled rice and shrimp I guess are popular in Asian countries (some parts at least)… I think we pickle almost everything πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

        Thanks a lot!

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  2. I never have done any canning and neither did my mom, but my grandparents used to make chili sauce – green tomato or red tomato with lots of onions in it. My mom loved this “chow-chow” as it was called and grew up slathering it on toast or over eggs. I have not had a pickle in years, but used to like a good crispy dill spear … the whole pickles you get at the store are soggier than the spears. You sure are industrious Ruth.

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      1. After we moved here, my grandmother would buy Red Rose Mixed Bread and Butter Pickles and when we went to visit her, we’d bring a bunch home. Red Rose had pickled onions and cauliflower along with their bread-and-butter pickles. My mom loved those pickles, especially that mix.


      2. My neighbor Marge worked with someone who made bread-and-butter pickles every year – she brought several jars into work so Marge always gave my mom one of them. They were gone in a heartbeat. πŸ™‚

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  3. A long time ago, when I was in my 20s, I rented a house that had all sorts of fruit trees, a current bush and I forget what all. Up the street was a fellow who had a mini-peach orchard in his back yard and he was selling bushels of peaches. I bought one and put up peaches that year; I also had a large cherry tree in my yard and got many MANY bottles of preserved cherries out of that tree. I ate the last bottle in something like 1995, and I lived in the house in the late 1980s. These days? I’m afraid i’m too lazy to do that AND I have no trees any more. Prices for the fresh stuff have sky rocketed around here. My favorite pickle is the sweet pickle, but I adore dill and bread and butter (just not the spicy kind). I just like pickles. Pickled beets are delicious too! ☺

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful rental. Housing and Food! We have currant bushes and although they are a pain to pick I have made jelly, wine and juice with them. They are very tart so I sweeten the juice with honey and it is so good. They also are very healthy. You’re right about prices. We can get sweet corn for $5 a dozen but we were talking to friends from Ohio that said they saw it for $9 a dozen one place and another place for $7 for a 1/2 dozen. That’s outrageous! I don’t know how people could afford it.
      I have made pickled beets in the past and love them. We just didn’t grow enough this year for me to make a batch. We’ve just been eating the beets fresh.


  4. Canning supplies always become hard to come by this time of year but this year lids and rings are impossible to find. Even though I have a lot of jars, I purchased more, just to get my tomatoes put up. Still worth it to have our home canned foods to enjoy this winter. Next year I will be prepared.

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  5. Years ago there was a peach orchard in our area, and they sold seconds. I made gallons of peach jam. We ate lots of it ourselves, but jam was our standard gift for teachers and bus drivers. I haven’t thought of that in a long time.

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    1. When we first bought the farm we planted peach trees. They did well for a couple of years and we started to get a few small but delicious peaches. Then we had a very cold winter and lost them all. The orchards in the area lost a lot of trees that year too. I would love to try to grow peaches again but don’t know if it is worth it. Homemade jam makes wonderful gifts. I usually make strawberry.


      1. John would love that. Strawberry is his favorite flavor. We never found a reasonably-priced source for making strawberry jam.

        That’s sad that you lost your peach trees. What about planting one a year? I guess I’d be more willing to lose one than a bunch.l

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      2. I think we may have missed the chance to plant one this year. They are usually more available in the spring. I’m not sure if we could find one now.


    1. I have fond memories of eating them at my great grandma’s house when I was very young. I think that makes me love them even more. β™₯ Funny thing is I don’t think I have ever bought a jar – only have eaten homemade.

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