Canning and Freezing Veggies – The Labor of Love

Well, I did it! I accomplished canning and freezing veggies! My first canning season in the new place with most of my own veggies!  The other veggies that we didn’t grow I bought from a local stand.  The kitchen heats up awful fast in the middle of August, but it will be so nice in those cold months to make my family meals with vegetables from our own garden!  Here’s what I canned:  pickles, crushed tomatoes, 3 pickled beans, pickled grape tomatoes, salsa, BBQ sauce, pickled hot peppers, white peaches, and bruschetta!  In all that makes exactly 50 jars of wonderfulness!

I also blanched and froze bags of corn, cut peppers, whole red peppers, peas, beans, cucumbers, and zucchini!

I looked up most of the recipes on the internet with a few out of an old Ball Canning Book I found. I received and email from Grit Magazine awhile ago with the “Ultimate Guide to Food Preservation”, that would have been VERY handy a few weeks back!  There is a wealth of information on their site, including sweepstakes!  Go and check them out!

~ Brande

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4 comments

  1. Sheri says:

    Look at them all! You must have a big garden. It’s so nice to enjoy food that you grew yourself.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Wow, you did a great job. My mom does it too, but I just know I am not disciplined enough LOL.

  3. Maryann says:

    I love canning but didn’t do any this year. I guess i was just overwhelmed and didn’t get around to it. Although Larry made me ferment pickles and kimchi! I think the kimchi is good, but not sure about the pickles.

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