Pickled Veggie Extravaganza

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.

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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.

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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.



About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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4 Responses to Pickled Veggie Extravaganza

  1. Tilly Frueh says:

    Your jars look great! Will these be a sweet pickle-type or on the sour side?

  2. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post this is something I would like to try but would like some one with for the first time

    • Erin O'Neill says:

      Definitely. My friends and I learned how to can together. I used to throw ‘canning parties.’

      Now that we each know how to do the different types of canned goods we all can sometimes on our own and sometimes together.

      Thank you for re-blogging!

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