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Canning

Thursday, July 04, 2013


Did you know in WW2 that the government set up canning kitchens. People had victory gardens and they would take their fresh produce to the community kitchen and use the canners to put up their food. And like the picture..."I CAN!!!" In more ways than one. I don't do as much canning today as I did when our sons were young and still at home. We have freezers now so much of what I used to can now goes into the freezer.

But since Monday I have put up 95 pints of salsa, shelled 3 bushels of pinto beans and blanched and put into the freezer and picked 5 gallons of blueberries and frozen. So has been a busy week. One DIL and Miss Molly came out on Sunday and picked blueberries for them. Then today my sister and BIL came and picked blueberries. Other DIL may come out on Saturday. Amazingly we have 4 blueberry bushes (we used to have 9 until drought and summer heat killed 5) but off these 4 bushes we can pick 3-4gallons a day. It takes an hour to pick 1 gallon and we don't pick but every other day. We have 1 more bushel of beans to pick and 2 to shell and then will be picking and shelling peas. Peaches will be ripe soon as well...Later on we will have figs, apples, and muscadine grapes. So busy time of the year for us. But all this work is so worth it when winter comes as we have almost fresh veggies from our garden the entire winter months.

I noticed the recipe here on SP for Cowboy Caviar...so plan on making some when we pick and shell peas. Around here we call it Texas Caviar.
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