Thursday, August 7, 2014

Canning Season

Sorry I have been so scarce, but it is canning season on Stanton Road in Indiana.  So far this week I have done 28 quarts of green beans.  These are heirloom beans that we have saved seed for many years.  We call them Louise Beans because a cousin Louise Salyer gave us the seed. I will take a picture of them a little later.

I am working on corn now and boy I sure do miss my Mama as we canned together for so many years.  Sure isn't near as much fun without her.  I am so thankful she taught me how to do this and I have passed it down to Lori.  I hope Kara and Kelsey (Lori's daughters) take an interest at some point in their lives, but right now with 4 small children they each are super busy.

How many of you preserve food for the winter?  And if so what do you do.  Would love to hear from you about your gardens and what you do.

Oh and by the way....the little guy is taking up a ton of my time too.  Right now he is sleeping.
Whew!  But, he is adorable and worth the training time.


Memaw said...

I envy your canning, growing up I never knew store bought we canned everything and I did it with my also. Like you I miss her so much. I'm not able to can anymore so I love hearing your stories have a great week

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

What a fabulous photo of Ruby and the table full of corn! I'm sure you miss her terribly during canning season ... always much more fun when you can share the time together. As you know I still do a little canning ... my family recipe for Piccalilli, corn relish, onion relish and a few other things here & there. But thankfully my daughter Carolyn picked up where I left off and cans everything she can get her hands on! Even her own pie fillings ... cherry, blueberry & apple.
My tomatoes (the few I plant) didn't do so well this year, but the ones I planted at Mom's are doing great so I should have plenty to put up come the end of the month. HUGS and thanks for sharing Joan!

Gretchen Wilson said...

Those were the days my friend, many fond memories of your Mama you have. You can keep them in your heart always. I never really got into canning, I know my Mother canned on the farm, but I have very little memories of it, except for picking beans, and tomatoes and cucumbers and the like from the fields, I guess those are my memories. I was in the 5th grade when we moved from the farm and maybe if we had lived there longer i would have helped with the canning. So I'll just have to remember those tomato worms. lol

ionabunny said...

I usually freeze or dry my produce. In the UK a can is a tin. Do you use tins or glass jars for canning? Would love to hear a bit more about your recipe/technique. I think these skills are being lost and it's very sad. We try and grow a lot of our own food and I am always interested in preserving methods. Much better to do it yourself than buying. Hugs

Cher said...

Our gardens consist of garlic, squash, cukes, and tomatoes, and Jerusalem artichokes. We also have old-fashion sweet raspberries which, along with the extra squas, gets frozen. We have not had extra cukes or tomatoes for the past couple of years. Garlic gets culled for eating and the large ones get replanted. We should be able to get a bit of J artichokes for eating this year. Hopefully we can add green beans next year. Except for the berries, these are grown in raised beds, as our soil base is clay or sand.

Diane said...

Precious memories.....what a wonderful picture!!