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Well this is what I (we) did yesterday ...
yep Home Canning!
I know ... people say "but why would you want to go to all that work when you can just buy it off the shelf at the grocery store!" Well, they have obviously never had home canned ANYTHING in the dead of winter!! Tomatoes taste like tomatoes (instead of cardboard), peaches taste like peaches and you can't even BUY some of the combinations we've put together this year!! LOL!!
Friday I spent the day using up the last of the GREEN tomatoes ... small & large. Turning the small ones into "pickled green tomatoes" and the larger ones were sliced and turned into the last batch of "picalilli".
My dear husband wanted to make another batch of Salsa (hotter this time) and I wanted to make up some quarts of just whole tomatoes that can be used for various stews, soups & sauces throughout the year. SO ... with his help we were successful and got it ALL done!!
Yes, there is work involved in home canning ... but as a young girl, my father always planted a HUGE garden filled with EVERYTHING imaginable and my mother taught my sisters & I all about the 'canning process' and I'm thrilled to say that now my daughter does home canning for her family too!
In fact she does a WHOLE LOT more than I do and a much larger variety! I'm so proud she's carrying on the "family traditions". I wished I'd had my camera with me the other day when I was at her house and saw the peppers she had just finished canning ... they were GORGEOUS!!!
Well, with the canning all finished ... I can relax today and watch Pittsburgh Steeler Football with hubby! Then while he's watching all the other games ... I'm headed to the crafting cave for some "ME" time!! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!