A couple years ago I started canning. It began with a simple longing to preserve some fruit to use through the year and a longing to save money.
This is our second year canning large quantities of applesauce. For the last several years we have had access to several apple trees. Due to this free supply of apples, ( free in cost, not time or labor) our first year of canning about broke even with the cost of store bought applesauce. Of course homemade applesauce is much better. I had found an amazing deal on a large canner (holds 9 quarts) and a conical sieve at a garage sale a couple years prior and so our expenses for that first year included: jars (with lids and rings), sugar, cinnamon and the energy to process the jars.
Ahhh…. Summer goodness! I love putting beautiful preserves in these lovely clear jars that I can open in the winter months. I can spread the goodness on a piece of toast (I am a bit addicted to toast) and remember that the leaves will soon return…. Continue reading Low-sugar Peach and Yellow Plum Jam→
I have plums! Boy, do I have plums. Don’t get me wrong here, it is an amazing, wonderful blessing. Harvest time has hit! What do I do with it all? And how to balance blog, kids and this beautiful abundance…. time for some preserving experimentation. Continue reading Plums! Glorious Plums! .→
Last year we had a wonderful opportunity to get blackberries. We went picking every other day while they were in season and it is easy to say the kids got really sick of blackberries. They would complain and I would say “Aren’t you excited!? We are only going to come a hundred more times 🙂 Just think of the yummy jam these will make!” They also make fantastic cobbler.
I froze most of the berries because we were also in the middle of other harvesting projects. I finally got to making some jam today… Continue reading Blackberry Jam→
I was visiting one of my favorite stores to get produce when I came into a great deal. A box of #2 pears for $8! Woohoo! I had no idea what I was going to do with all of these beauties but I found this great recipe while exploring Pinterest that I just had to try it. Continue reading Vanilla Spice Pear Butter Recipe→
In August we picked large volumes of Oriental Plums. I ended up canning 12 quarts and 16 pints of Plum Syrup and made 8 pints of Jelly. After that insanity was over I said NO MORE PLUMS!! I did not want to see another plum! Well… Continue reading Plums Again!?→