The lost art of canning
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
My parents have always had a huge garden. My dad is a firm believer of 1 plant is good .... 20 is better!! Since I got married, my husband has been taking gardening lessons from my dad. We have a big yard but we also have a 1 car garage and a 24 foot pool along with a patio. So not much room for a garden.
Last year our garden was tiny. My husband decided this year it just had to be bigger. He planted 8 tomato plants, 6 green peppers and 6 cucumbers plants. Well, with all the hot weather we have had this year, our garden looks like it is on steroids. Seriously.
Jules went out and picked 3 5 gallon buckets full of tomatoes on Saturday morning. I called my mom and my dad had picked 4 buckets full Friday night.
We always make salsa every year. The timetable was just moved up a bit this year. We went to my parents armed with spices, tomatoes and Derby (my dog) to spend the day canning and we had a blast.
Why don't people do this anymore? The sense of accomplishment when you see the finished product is overwhelming! We canned 38 1/2 pints of salsa, 16 pints of rotel and 16 quarts of tomato juice. Yeah, we were tired and messy but those jars looked SO YUMMY!
My grandpa always said, "Those sure will taste good when the snows a flyin!" Grandpa would be so proud of his daughter and what she has taught me. I hope this is something I am able to pass on to my Baby.
Good times and good memories!!
Does anyone else can? My mom usually cans green beans, pickles, and all varieties of tomatoes. Some people at church were talking about meat -- not sure of doing that. Would love to hear your experiences!!