Each year I am making steps to improve the quality of the food we are eating at our house.
I started canning maybe 3-4 years ago with my BFF Leah. (She grew up on a farm in VT and wanted to get back into canning - and teach me!)
The first year or two - we made salsa (easy enough) and canned some tomatoes - really just a few jars a piece. Everything was from our own small gardens or the farmer's market.
Over the last year or two - we have started branching out. I now have 2 very large gardens - Leah has one too - between the 3 plots we were able to grow just about everything ourselves this last year (Such a great feeling!)
This year we had some new additions to our efforts too - I purchased three 3-day old baby chicks in June, one is now laying eggs - the other 2 should be following suit shortly (Keeping chickens is very easy and they are super cute/fun to watch play in the yard). The eggs are so fresh and tasty and I KNOW what went into the chicken that laid that egg for me!!
I have a composter now to add our scraps, chicken droppings, and yard clippings to make fresh - usable compost) for the gardens; And this year I purchased a dehydrator.
This year canning and dyhydrating our own foods was just awesome... I was neat to think about where we had started - just salsa and a few tomatoes to many more cans of the same and now trying new recipies for other things (my favorite - was the organic blueberry Jam) why go store bought when you can make your own fabulous fresh jam?? The dehydrating was fun - we have loads of dried tomatoes, okra, peppers, hot peppers, mushrooms etc. All just fabulous!!!
I'm so glad Leah wanted to give canning a try and invited me to learn - so many people never have the chance to try or have someone show them how.
Made my way to single digit sizing one veggie at a time. :)
| current weight: 164.4