Posts from the ‘Canning’ Category

Gathering in the harvest…

Pro. 30:25  The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer…

It is an old practice.

An art that was almost lost and is being recovered.

A skill passed down from one generation to the next.

Many see the need to prepare now… even the ants…

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I am finally getting a moment to write  about our busyness. For 2 weeks, I’ve only thought of writing and took some pictures to post. It’s been canning and putting away food and more canning and putting away food. As I read through the blogs I see that this is the life of many homemakers and homesteaders right now. It’s the way I’ve known it since I was a child. Summertime is for preparing for the winter and enjoying the delicious fresh veggies from the garden. Lots of hard work and hot days, but lots of satisfaction and reward.

So here is some small proof of our labors…

The photos of the rows of finished product will come later.


A few of the many peaches

Cucumbers and sweet peppers

Cartload of Pumpkins

Cayenne Peppers

Crispy Lime Pickles

My cucumbers are yielding well this year and I have been making pickles. Most people really dislike soggy pickles as I do. These are my favorite, maybe because my mom made these alot, but also, they stay crispy.  The extra work is worth the crispy outcome. Although I don’t think they are alot of extra work.

Lime Pickles

8 pound cucumbers (washed and cut into 1/4 inch rings)

2 gallons of water

2 cups lime

Put cucumbers in a large, clean pail or pot. (not aluminum)

Mix the lime and water. Pour over cucumbers.

Lay a glass plate on the top of the liquid to hold the cucumbers down in the water.

Soak for 24 hours.

Rinse 3 times in cold water. It is important to get all of the lime out.

1 1/2 quart vinegar (I use white)

4 1/2 pounds of sugar

1 Tbsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. Pickling spice

Mix together well, and pour over washed cucumbers.

Soak for 24 hours with the plate on top of the cucumber as before.

Then boil, cucumbers and brine together, for 30 min or until cucumbers turn translucent.

Put into hot jars and hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Canning Potatoes

Have you ever canned potatoes? It was the first for me also. I am looking forward to finding out what they are like.

These are the simple instructions:

Dig the potatoes from your garden…

Scrub them well, don’t bother peeling them. Cut into pieces the size you prefer (more fit in your jar if you dice or cube them or if they are small, throw them in whole) and pack them in a quart sized jar. Put in 1 tsp. salt and fill the jar with water.Place the jars in your pressure canner, add the 2 quarts of water, and pressure can for 40 minutes at 10 lb pressure.

Anyone else have any experience with this?

Green beans and lil ones…

It can be a challenge to include little hands in the details of life. But I have found that my kiddos are happier and I have less correcting to do if I keep them busy. They love to help, and I know that if I include them now, I’ll likely have more help in the future. For some pictures on the green bean project click here…  That’s my sweetheart’s blog, BTW.

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