Monday, September 13, 2010

Preserving the Bounty....

Dearest Readers,

My garden has produced so many wonderful fruits and vegetables this year. I, like so many of you, have been canning, dehydrating, storing and freezing for days on end. Here is what is in the pantry and cellar so far this year:

From the Canner
(Water Bath Canner)

27 quarts of Pickles...Bread & Butter, Zesty Polish

14 pints of Relish and Sweet Pickles

8 pints & 2 1/2 pints of Cowboy Candy (Hot Peppers)

20 1/2 pints of Cranberry Sauce

11 quarts of Tomato Sauce

From the Dehydrator:

Large batches of dehydrated Summer Squash Chips
(1 batch was BBQ and 1 batch was garlic...yum)

From the Freezer:

45 3-cup servings of shredded and chopped summer squash

3 10-cup servings of peaches (a surprise gift from a friend) for peach crumble

Fruit/Root Cellar:

5 lbs of onions, dried and hung

Still on the list....

More tomatoes to can, frozen strawberries to make into jam, green peppers to dehydrate, raspberries to eat (we don't get very many just yet), perhaps a few more pickles (the cucumbers seem to be pretty tuckered out) and we will need to harvest, dry and store our potatoes in the fruit/root cellar.

Oh, and pumpkins for the front porch...I didn't plant any pie pumpkins this year...we are re-working the layout of our cellar and will make it much more conducive for storage in time for next year's harvest.

I like to can what I grow first and then round out my pantry later, so I may buy some apples from the farmer's market and make applesauce...I will wait and see about the cost.

We have fruit trees (cherry and apple) and we have filbert bushes, along with 3 small grapevines but it will be a few years before we can harvest anything of our own.

I also want to make some turkey jerky (using my dehydrator) for my boys....a great stocking stuffer for my manly men.

Well now, I should go and check on the garden this much to "put by", so little time.

Yours so kindredly,


Nadine said...

You have been busy! What a wonderful blessing to your family to have a full pantry during the upcoming months!
I too have been busy canning/freezing/drying, I am getting a bit tired, but I know it is worth it in the end! :)


sweet locus lane farm said...

What a blessing to have the cellar full. Like you I too have been spending weeks this summer putting food by. Not just to save money but more so to give my family the best possible fresh food.


Elizabeth said...

Hi Shan,
I have loved getting caught up with you. I just love your new blog. It has been fun seeing what you have been up to. Busy as a bee I see.

Susan said...

You are truly blessed to have such a bountiful harvest to fill your pantry cupboards. Enjoy the fruits of your labors!


Anonymous said...

Yes ~ you must be busy as a bee but we truly miss hearing what is going on in your life ~ Smiles....

Amy said...

Hello Shan!

I went looking for you at HSB and realized that you had moved. Your blog is as lovely as ever! I am contemplating a move as well. Did you find it difficult to make the transition? I look forward to reconnecting with you. I hope you are enjoying all of the beautiful blessings of autumn!

Your friend and kindred spirit,

Amy (aka Simplefolk)

villarosa said...

Reading more of your archived blog comments and photos... All so lovely!! Just hoping you are all right. We miss you lovely posts!