Susan at The T-Cozy asked in a recent post, if anyone canned fruits and vegetables anymore? Do We??!!
I canned 18 half-pints of sweet pickle relish last evening from too-big cucumbers my dear neighbor gave me. I juiced a flat of her tomatoes and have that freezing in some retangle-shaped pyrex dishes to use in chili this winter.
I'm watching the pear trees around here and hope to can Farmer-dear some pear halves or else I'll dry some slices.
And then this fall I need to make some apple pie filling and can it and also make some apple butter and applesauce.
These fruits usually come to me for free also and I hate to waste anything like this.
I haven't done much drying this summer simply because there hasn't been much to dry. And my jars of dried foodstuffs are pretty full right now. I'm watching my basil and thyme plants and will be sure to harvest them before the first frost. I love the dried basil I did the last 2 years. It smells so fresh whenever I open the jar.
I'll probably be drying onions when we pull those from the weedy garden.
Not a huge amount of preserving going on here but enough. It's another of my Simple Pleasures. :)
What about you dear Puffins? Do you "can" or is that for old women back in the 40s? Would you like to learn how to can/preserve? Is there a need, still, for these skills in this day?
I'm interested in your thoughts.
And to firmly establish my identity with the Old-fashioned Ladies.... I'm off to sew on my quilt blocks.
** "I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor." ~D.H. Lawrence