I did it! I finally learned how to can. (Maybe there’s hope for my sewing skills…)
Thanks to my friend Diana, who was so very generous with her time and with her canning equipment, I can now proudly inform folks that I am indeed from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. And mean it.
Even without the sewing skills.
For my canning lesson, we tackled tomatoes in boiling water–not too hard, and green beans in the pressure canner–definitely more tricky.
Now that I’m canning and all, it’s become rapidly apparent that the way to measure canning ability and what not is by reporting “how many” or “how much.”
For instance, when I told my eighty-something-year-old neighbor about my first canning experience, the first words out of her mouth were “How much did you can?”
After my response, she went on to
brag about casually mention the 40-some-odd quarts of beans she’s canned this summer, not to mention the tomatoes and pickles, etc.
I love it! I’m now an official member of The Canning Bragging Club.
Although truly I have nothing to brag about. I’m just thrilled finally to have learned this skill that will free up some freezer space for the entire cow we will acquire later this year…
And for the record, so far I’ve done 7 quarts of green beans, 4.5 quarts of tomatoes and 5.5 quarts of salsa.
Not that anyone’s counting.
Do you can? What are your favorite foods to can? I’d love to know your favorite recipes for canning…
Kathleen Henderson is the yankee behind the homestead. Follow along as we grow real food and three boys while renovating a 20-acre farm in northern Virginia. Do you love homegrown food, Paleo-ish recipes, and natural living? You’re in good company! Let’s grow together…