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What have you canned or preserved today?

Discussion in 'The Harvest: Recipes, Canning, Preserving' started by vfem, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Jun 17, 2012
    vfem

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    Figure we need one of these threads for the section!

    So tell everyone what you have managed to can or dry or pickle...ect, TODAY or even this WEEK!?






    Today, I have done 12 jars of my smoky chipotle mustard.
    Last night (I was up past midnight so it counts for today. :plbb ) I did 3 quarts of green beans, and 8 half pints of low sugar blueberry syrup.
     
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    lesa

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    Do your green beans come out a little crispy, vfem? (or are they overcooked, like mine?)
     
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    schmije

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    Yesterday I made black raspberry jam. I was feeling lazy and running out of time, so I didn't process the jam, and it had to go into the freezer. I also made a small batch of cherry sauce that I stirred into some homemade vanilla ice cream today. I froze the rest of the cherries. We canned some cherry jam and strawberry jam and made strawberry leathers a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to pick more cherries today (our two trees are loaded), but after seeing about six gallons of them in the freezer, DH told me I wasn't allowed to pick any more. :rolleyes:

    When I think about it, it sounds like a lot. But we're just getting started!

    I'm also curious about your green beans, vfem. Mine always turned out mushy, so I stopped canning them a few years ago.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2012
    Jared77

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    The other night I was up past 3am making 37 1/2 pints of strawberry jam, 6 pints of freezer jam, (my wife likes it, I prefer the canned stuff) froze a dozen cups of strawberries, and made a 1/2 quart of strawberry ice cream. That includes clean up too so it wasn't all just canning. We picked over 45lbs at the U pick of Early Glows so they had to all get processed.
     
  5. Jun 18, 2012
    AllyRodrigues

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    vfem, do you grow the mustard? I've been thinking of trying to make some...
     
  6. Jun 18, 2012
    Ridgerunner

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    Today it was freezing beet greens. Just finished clean-up a few minutes ago. Jared, I too consider clean-up part of the process. Tomorrow it will be canning the beets themselves. I'm not looking forward to all that scrubbing but I do like the beets.

    I have some sage in the dehydrator that should be ready today. I plan to put oregano or basil in to start drying tonight, not sure which. I have grapes getting ripe that I want to try to make raisins, but I'll get another herb done while they are getting ripe.

    I also have some saurkraut making in an urn. That will probably go for another month or so before it is ready.

    During the past week, I froze 9 two cup packages of broccoli. This is the stuff that grew after the main heads were harvested. I also canned 7 quarts of dill pickles and froze 11 packages of carrots.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2012
    vfem

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    Well, the green beans are ok. Not much better then the canned ones from the store but not complete mush. I blanch them before I can them so they're still a nice green in the jar. I add canning salt to the boiling water I put over them. Other then that, I just like having them for the winter... never as soon as fresh.
     
  8. Jun 19, 2012
    SweetMissDaisy

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    This weekend I put up 7 pints of pickled beets; 4 quarts, 1 pint, 1/2 pint of zucchini relish; 4 batches of zucchini bread.
     
  9. Jun 19, 2012
    hangin'witthepeeps

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    I canned 3 pints and 3 half pints of salsa last night. A friend gave me a bunch of really ripe tomatoes. It was not very hot, the jalapenos are still very young.
     
  10. Jun 19, 2012
    cityfarmer

    cityfarmer Attractive To Bees

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    I picked about 100 heads of garlic today and they are starting to cure in my kitchen. I will move them to my basement probably tomorrow. Tomorrow I am going to pick my oregeno (planted last year that came back this year) so it can start drying in my basement. I also bought 24 pounds of apricots and 10 pounds of blueberries at the store that I will can, make jam, and pie filling from tomorrow (when it isn't 95 degrees outside, just 80).
     

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