It all started with this jam. This strawberry-rhubarb-orange jam. It was the first time I had ever truly ‘canned’ something… as in go through the whole water-bath process, and then listen for those precious ‘pings’ as the lids sealed. :)
Sidenote: I realize where the term ‘canning’ came from, but I still find it weird to say cans when these are jars!
Anyway… jam. yum.
But this just opened up a whole new world, especially with a growing garden and this book:
So, to date, I’ve canned:
10 half-pints of strawberry-rhubarb-orange jam
14 quarts of pickles (not pictured)
20 pints of marinara
7 pints of rotel-style tomatoes
6 pints of pepperoncinis
and I finished off the last of my pint jars this morning with 14 pints of applesauce (6 cinnamon, 8 regular)
Whew! I think next on the list will be sliced pickled jalapenos. We have the last of the peppers we grew picked from the garden and laid out to finish ripening and then we’ll do that. You have to have pickled jalapenos on hand at all times. Ya know, for nachos, and tacos, and bean dip… and nachos. :)
Oh, and did I mention that all the tomatoes and peppers came from our garden too? Next year I think I want to grow some beets… I LOVE pickled beets!
What’s your favorite canned or jarred items? Anything I should think about planting for next year? I think we are going to start a whole bunch of plants early from seed in our warm back room by the fire!
And now I’m going to go eat a bowl of that applesauce, because I’ve been up since 4am finishing that process, and thankfully thought ahead to leave myself some out of the jars to eat for breakfast!