Monday, August 28, 2006

Why is it called "Canning" when you put it all in Jars?

We still haven't figured that one out yet; Never-the-less, we have been quite busy canning over the last 2 weeks.

It started in early August with 2 lugs [entry 7.] of peaches that we purchased, next came the apples, and was followed by raspberries from a "pick-your-own" farm and some we received from our neighbors, Kenny and Ethel.

This is the start of the whole canning process. Mom & Dad got to do ALL of the apple peeling.

The apples all came from 2 old apple trees that have been on our farm forever, perhaps since my dad was a kid. One has been almost completely knocked down years of snow and ice and by a series of falling limbs from the other tree next to it.  Fortunately, we were still able to pick buckets full of ripe apples on 3 separate ocassions, and there are still more apples ripening out there. We are harvesting and drying some seeds in hopes of growing a few more like them. Johnny Appleseed would be proud.

I don't know what kind they are, but we brought some of the apples to the local farmer's market to sell, and word down there was they may be "Princess" apples, which would please Jacqueline greatly!

Pantry Inventory

1. Peaches
  • 12 quarts halved Peaches
  • 17 pints quartered Peaches

2. Raspberries
  • 3 pints whole Raspberries
  • 12 half pints of Raspberry Jam
  • 3 pints and 3 half-pints of Raspberry-Zucchini Jam
  • 3 pints and 6 half pints of Raspberry-Rhubarb Jam

3. Apples
  • 14 quarts Apple Pie Filling
  • 7 quarts Cinnamin Applesauce
  • 9 pints Applesauce
  • 3 pints Raspberry Applesauce
  • 5 pints and 3 half-pints Apple Butter

As you can see, we have be practicing our sanitation procedures!


At 12:18 PM, Blogger Jen said...

oh-the memories!! I canned everything as a kid. Apples do really well frozen too. What a great family activity. Did you do some math activities as you were canning? Science?

Great post, keep 'em coming!

At 10:48 PM, Blogger syria said...

MMMMM! I need to come over for supper! Just give me rice and fruit!


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