After surgery early in the spring, an arm that was strapped to my body for a few weeks, and now weeks upon weeks of physical therapy, it’s been a tough summer to get much done. We never got our garden going, so through the kindness of friends and an a wonderful farmers market, I have been able to get some canning done.
I lost count somewhere along the way but I did in excess of 20 pints of jelly, 25 quarts of pickles, 8 pints of relish, 36 quarts of spaghetti sauce, 8 quarts of diced tomatoes, 10 quarts of green beans, and 2 quarts of carrots. Then it happened….I ran out of time. The rainy season is starting so that brings and end to my canning. You see, I need to pressure can outside. We have a glass topped stove and you can’t pressure can on one of those or you could crack the stove top (never knew that until I wanted to can this year). So, the most wonderful Mr. bought an outdoor propane stove. It will do dual duty. I am able to can on it, and we can use it to cook either at home if the power goes out, or while camping.
As I had my last (although I didn’t realize it at the time) canner full of veggies going, the rain came. Thankfully I had a patio umbrella to help keep the rain off the pot:
But with cooler temps and dreary weather, canning the beans and carrots was cancelled. So, after a quick blanching and run through the Foodsaver, into the freezer they went. We will use those up first then move to the canned goods. I really am hoping for a few more good days so I can get some pumpkin canned up and saved. We love pumpkin pies and breads.
So, is fall starting to arrive your neck of the woods?