Friday, July 27, 2007

Sometimes in this life, a girl's just got to cut bait or fish. Boy do I hate to admit that. I have been hoping, wishing , dreaming, lamenting and generally going on and on for several years now about how I would like to preserve the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables for use later in the year. Sadly, no matter how much I talked about it - The Canning Fairy never made a stop at my house. Then the light bulb (again) went on over my head. I realized there is NO special skill required to freeze things. Remember all that fruit I bought? Two people couldn't possibly keep up with eating all of that before it spoiled.
So I grabbed cookie sheets and parchment paper and began slicing everything up. Single layers of fruit on a cookie sheet take no time at all to freeze. I then popped those frozen bits of goodness into freezer bags for later use. Today I went back to the store for another round.
2 boxes of nectarines.2 boxes of peaches.
And 6 pints of blueberries . . . chilling as we speak.
It is my habit to check the front porch whenever I have been away from the house to see if there are any packages there. (Even if I am not expecting something I recently ordered . . . you see the post office has failed to deliver a package that was mailed from the east coast for about 6 years now. Ever hopeful, I check every day to see if it has arrived. But I digress . . .)
Today I found this box from my favorite catalog - Lehman's Non Electric.
Inside was all of this - The Beginner's Home Canning Kit. My friends, I am going to make jam.
If you're looking for me this afternoon, I'll be out on the patio studying my book.

24 comments:

Bren said...

If you need guidance, Quilting Kate at www.homemakerkate2.blogspot.com won Homemaker of the year and is a PRO at canning. She has offered help to anyone who needs it! A real sweetie.

Rose Marie said...

I've frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb but have never sliced and froze peaches or nectaries. I wonder how they will be once they are thawed out and what will you use them in?

Darlene said...

One word!

YUM!!!!!!

Carol said...

YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Well mercy me, between your canning supplies, your freezing adventure and your needle felting supplies... wow I missed a lot it seems in a short time LOL...

I have that same canning book :O).. and I freeze fruit the same way, its wonderful, then its not all stuck together and in a giant clump later when you go to use it...

I cannot wait to see what you do with the needle felting, I too am very interested in that but have not worked up the courage to try it, yet!

Beth said...

I made some plum jelly a few years ago, it's really pretty easy, just messy. Good luck!

Diane said...

I love the way you jump right in to new projects. Good luck with the needle felting, canning and mustard making!

ROZ said...

Oh Libby, I used to make peach jam. I had a house with peach trees in the back yard. It was so much fun, and makes a nice gift, too. I also used to make pickle relish, or chow chow. We sold that house and now I live in a condo--so no more jam! But more quilting!

Susie said...

Don't you just love pulling fresh frozen peaches out for a cobbler during winter time? Yum!!
:)

atet said...

Ooooh -- have fun with your canning. I haven't done that in ages and ages. And like you I've been checking my porch for packages. Mine has only been missing for a month but I'm ever hopeful!

paula, the quilter said...

I just talked our shop foreman at work out of canning corn. I told him that you could only pressure can pints and at this altitude it takes forever. Freeze it! I canned corn once. That is all it took for that veggie. I don't can too much anymore. Last year I did peaches. And I always freeze the blueberries like you do. I don't make jam. Enjoy the process, because the results are wonderful!

Angie said...

Oh Libby, you always bring a smile to my face! I love doing all of the things you've mentioned in this post, including checking the porch for packages. ROFL I'm here cheering you on, girlfriend!

Judy said...

That's the perfect way to freeze things and it's great to poen the ziplock and toss in just what you need without having to thaw a whole "lump-o-blueberries". Works good for raspberries and strawberries too!

Good luck! My father was the canner in our house. Made the best pickles, tomatoes and one time tomato juice! His pickles were legend!

gwen said...

Happy belated Blog anniversary! I have bought quite a lot of wool for needle felting as well but so far haven´t done much. I am now waiting for you to give me ideas! I don´t freeze fruit but I make a lot of jam. I have a wonderful french book on jams with a lot of unusual fruit/herbs combinations which all taste great like strawberries/peppermint, apricots/thyme, banana/chocolate. I will have to look up what she does with peaches and nectarines! Take care.

Kairle said...

I'll be right over to give you a hand!

The thing I love most about canning is lining all of the jars up on my kitchen counter and just staring at them. They look like jewels when the sunlight comes in though the kitchen window and shines into the jars!

KCQuilter said...

How wonderful! I did a small amount of canning when my boys were young--mostly green beans. It was always so great to have yummy stuff from the garden in the dead of winter. Good luck--and show us your bounty when it's all done!

Willeke said...

I would like to tast a bit, when you'r finished. ;)it looks tastful.
But I live in the netherlands, so I think the pictures alone must do the trick.
Lot of succes!
Willeke

Wendy said...

You really jumped in with both feet...you go girl! Lots of yummy fruit to get you going...Have fun!

Dawn said...

Oh when I was younger and had more time, I used to make grape jelly and strawberry jam.

Connie W said...

Way to go, girl. Now you can enjoy them for a longer time.

Tracey said...

you'll LOVE making jam!! it's sooo easy and so rewarding! i've been cannin' for over 20 years now and makin' jam is still my all time fav. have fun!

tracey
www.theehandworks.typepad.com

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

So what did you "put up" first?

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

All that fruit-too mean to us poor freezing Aussies!!
How is it coming out of it's freeze-I haven't tried it that way and looks like it would suit my tastes...it is how we do our home killed mutton-FYI!!! Tracey

Quilt Mommy said...

Oooh I love to can. :) A few years ago I sold all my canning supplies at a yard sale - they were brand new too. One day I got the urge to can and just went shopping. But we moved and sold our house and I sold nearly everything in it too. I think I'll have to search for new supplies, and hold on to 'em for GOOD. Lol* Your pretzels look Y-U-M-M-Y too!!! The sort of, relaxed twisting of them makes them look personalized and GOOD! :)