Friday, September 10, 2010

Canning Craze

I've been doing a fair bit of canning lately. Not a ton since standing over a pot of boiling water doesn't do great things for the pregnant lady, but enough that I feel I've accomplished something.
So far, I have made 6 jars of Garlic Dill Pickles, 3 jars of Spicy Pickled Beans, 6 jars of Blackberry Jam and 1 jar of Crushed Tomatoes. My tomatoes are just starting to be ready for picking so I'm going to be making a lot more jars of tomato stuff (I might try homemade ketchup this year).
I'm particularly proud of my jam. It took a really long time to reduce down to the right consistency but I think it will be excellent (I licked the spoon afterward and it was pretty yummy!). I might make a couple more jars of the jam if I can get more blackberries off the bushes in the backyard. I also see more pickles in my future since I have a TON of cucumber still out in the garden! Any other suggestions about how to preserve cucumbers?


  1. Never canned pickles before but I do understand being proud of your jam. I love that my jam has more berry than sugar in and I am really proud of that.

    Let us know what pickle recipe you end up using.

  2. You could try fermenting some too, that's what I was going to do this year. I grew the wrong kind of pickles for it though.

  3. I've heard of canning cucumber puree for soups and such but I've never tried it. Maybe I'll give that recipe a shot.
    I'll post the successful recipes here!