Monday, August 22, 2016

“I think of my canning as fast food, paid for in time up front.”

~ Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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I’ve had some requests to share a list of that I’ve been canning this year and, since I’m on temporary hiatus, thought it was a good time.

I have a few jars of the following still on the shelf from last year:

  • Apple butter
  • Applesauce
  • BBQ beans
  • Black Pepper Rosemary apples
  • Bread & butter pickles
  • Cranberry jelly
  • Cranberry mustard
  • Cucumber relish
  • Dilly beans
  • Green beans
  • Honeyed onions
  • Pickled red onion
  • Sungold tomato jam
  • Watermelon rind pickles

As well as some staples I can throughout the year:

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney beans
  • Navy beans
  • Vegetable stock

I’ve spent my summer “vacation” so far canning 288 jars of varying sizes filled with:

  • Beet pickles
  • Beet relish
  • Beets
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Cherry-chocolate jam
  • Coleslaw
  • Crab
  • Dill pickles
  • Lemon-garlic green beans
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Roasted garlic spaghetti sauce
  • Salmon
  • Salsa
  • Split pea soup
  • Stewed tomatoes
  • Strawberry jam
  • Sweet dill pickles
  • Tomato soup
  • Vegetable soup

On top of all of this I’ve been filling the freezer with:

  • Caramel syrup
  • Cherries
  • Crab
  • Green beans
  • Green pepers
  • Peaches
  • Pesto
  • Raspberries
  • Salmon
  • Strawberries

And the dehydrator has been humming along with:

  • Banana chips
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Green peppers
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Thyme

I’m not finished with everything yet but I am looking forward to to September and a different pace. And winter? Well, it will be nice to be well-stocked when the snow flies and know we can hunker down at home should we choose to.


“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt


It seems like a lot of work–and it is–but it’s the kind of work I enjoy that fulfills. Not to mention, feeds.


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  1. Wow. An amazing list.

    1. Thank you, Lucinda!

  2. My chef hat off to you – if I had one!

    1. It’s been a busy summer to be sure!

  3. Wow!!!!! You have definitely been working hard. And in the middle of winter when you pull something fresh from the garden off your shelves, you will be so glad you did.

    That is a great quote by Theodore Roosevelt.

    Beautiful photo. Puts me in mind of my kitchen earlier this summer. We have 5 cherry trees, and this year was a banner year. We had cherries in cream often back in June.

    Have a lovely day,

    1. Oh, fresh cherries and cream! Delicious!

  4. Beautiful photo. And, wow!, that’s some list! I am impressed. And now very hungry.

    1. Ha! Wish I could send you a jar of goodness!

  5. What an absolutely incredible list Linda! bravo!!

    1. Thank you, Barb! It’s been a busy season. I’m looking forward to a different pace with more time to play with my camera!

  6. I’m in awe, Linda. Makes my small freezer and pantry shelves pale by comparison. You and my mother would have gotten along well. She worked constantly through the summer and fall filling the fruit cellar and two freezers. As a result of her work, she really could do fast-food meals. From empty table to full meal in 30 minutes with absolutely no notice. And the food was excellent.

    1. Exactly, Carol! I’m with your mom on appreciating the convenience of being able to pull together quick meals with home preserved goodness!

  7. I have a tree full of purple plums if you’d like some? Wish I lived at your house….have a great week with your ladybug!

    1. Hmmm…yes, I think I would, Karen. Purple plums are a favourite around here. Thank you!

  8. Oh my goodness!! That is some list!! So many delicious treats, and creative ideas. Lots of familiar items but some that I haven’t tried. I think it’s time to pull a cookbook or two out. Thanks Linda. 🙂

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