Wednesday, September 9, 2009

From The Canning Kitchen

Monday afternoon we were blessed with an ice chest full and large bucket full of canning pears from our dear sweet friends, Mrs. I and Miss. J. Thank you both so much for thinking of us & for sharing your bountiful harvest with us. So this week will be spent making pear honey, spiced pear preserves and maybe a bit of pear chutney. What a grand blessing this is to have. I am so excited.

This morning I worked up a batch of pear honey (16 - 1/2 pint jars to be exact.) Let me tell you, if you have never tried it, you are certainly missing out. It's such a great condiment to have for biscuits, pancakes, toast and of course those peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. It can also be used to glaze and bake chicken or pork. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

It just makes me feel so accomplished when I can open the pantry doors and see all the fruits of labor from this years garden just waiting to be used. The art of home canning doesn't just end at the canning pot, it continues in it's glory on the shelves and then in our meals. Whatever I can get my hands on, I have canned up for the fall and winter time. The pantry has certainly begun to fill up nicely. It will be so nice on those cold, dreary days to be able to shop at home and not have to go out to the market as often.

Homemade stocks (chicken, pork, turkey, beef)

Jellies & preserves
(corn cob, pear honey, fig, strawberry, plum, etc.)

Pickles (bread & butter, sweet hot), jalapenos,
stewed tomatoes, relish, dried sage from our garden

Homemade rotel, more relish, zucchini, pasta sauce,
Italian seasoned tomatoes, giardiniera (Italian style pickled vegetables)


Lori said...

Oh, how I love pears! I made pear preserves and pear butter last year. It was gone before winter set in good!! LOL!
Your jars look just lovely! :)

Michele said...

That all looks so wonderful! I really want to learn how to can at home. Are there any good books on the subject that you could recommend?

Keeper of our Home said...

Michele ~

Although I watched my Grandma and my Aunt can when I was growing up, honestly I never paid that much attention to it. Then I bought the Ball Blue Book of Home Canning and boy did it open my eyes to how simple it is to can. I also learned how much I missed out by not seeking this art form sooner through the teachers the LORD placed in my life in my earlier days.

Another great source of information is to search out your local library. I picked up one years ago from ours called "Putting Food By." It was great. I don't recall the author but it was a good one. It was an older book so it may be in your library system or you might look online.

You can also check out your County Extension office and they not only can give you literature on the issue they sometimes have classes for free or next to nothing in fees.

If you have any questions that I might be able to assist with, please do not hesitate to email me. I will be glad to share what I have learned with you or anyone else that might benefit.

~Mrs. M

Christie said...

Your pantry looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. How do you do the different stocks? I've had some experience canning, but have never done stocks. Thanks