My best canning friend and I did it. 29 jars of Pickled Veggies now rest safely on my pantry shelves. She canned up 18 gorgeous jars herself. She has such a way with arranging the vegetables in the jar, slicing them so they have the most tantalizing shapes, choosing vegetables based on color and flavor. Mine are much more utilitarian – what will my family eat? That is the major question always. And at this point I Can to feed my family. If a friend here or there ends up with a jar of jam, or of pickled veggies, great, but truly I am just feeding my family.
Here is the canning session:
Supplies! All lined up on her front step.
Near the end of the project, while our filled jars boiled away in the canner, we sat down and worked out the sepcifics of our summer canning plan.
Here are our notes:
Trying to gain consistency, we have been recording which recipes we use with each batch, and how we alter them. That way, the following year we can reflect on how our canned goods turned out, and whether we want to use the same recipe, alter it some, or use another recipe altogether.
I feel steady knowing that my pantry is filling up again. We can count on the seasons and the turning of year to bring us some predictable results. This soothes my soul. May? Yep, last summer’s jam supplies are running low, but the new batch of pickled vegetables has filled the shelves again. A month from now Strawberry Jam will be made en mass, and a month after that, Raspberry. Thank you turning of the year. Thank you Abundance.