- 53 pints salsa (Most of these tomatoes were bought from our Amish neighbors - 24 lbs for $8)
- 5 pints pizza sauce
- 31 pints sweet corn
- 19 quarts lime pickles
- 19 quarts dill spears
- 2 pints dill spears
- 29 quarts butternut squash
- 2 quarts mixed corn and squash
- 15 quarts tomatoes
- 7 pints sweet relish
- 7 pints bread and butter pickles
- 12 pints zesty bread and butter pickles
- 6 pints mulberry jam
- 9 pints summer squash
- 4 pints pickled beets
- 22 pints green beans
- 57 lbs of red potatoes
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Winding Down the Canning Season.....
I really never stop canning. I make soups and stews and can dried beans all year round, but the busy canning season is in the summer and it is winding down.
I canned the last of the butternut squash two weekends ago and that rounded out a very bountiful harvest!
God has blessed us with such a wonderful garden this year and I have no words to express my thanks. Pretty much every weekend for the last 6 weeks or so has been devoted to canning all of that largesse!
Next year we plan to plant a lot more summer squash and only one hill of cucumbers and one hill of butternut squash. We should have plenty of pickles and butternut squash left over. If not then we'll revise the plan.
The garden has been tilled in preparation for the fall crops of kale, turnips, beets (for greens), green onions, and mustard greens. I've found that beet greens are just about my favorite type of green, so I can't wait for those to come up!
These fellers were oh so happy to get the canning leavings and I'm oh so glad to share with them, as it makes for such delicious pork! They are getting all the leftovers from canning as well as lots of surplus eggs and milk and as you can see it they are doing well!
In front here is the big gilt, or Peggy Sue as we call her. She is a BEAUTIFUL hog and I would keep her for breeding, but she'll serve us much better in the freezer.
The little red spotted gilt is Rita Rose. I actually bought her to use as a breeding sow, but she isn't maturing near as nice as I'd like to see her, so she will go into the freezer as well. The barrow is in the middle. He's not as nice as Peggy Sue either, but will make delicious meat nonetheless!
So that's whats going on around here. Things are good, summer is quickly fading into fall and we are so happy and blessed!
Till next time,