Category Archives: Canning

Busy, busy

We’ve been crazy busy trying to get ready for winter around here! Between choir and band rehearsals, homeschooling and college, it’s been hard to get to the “important” stuff. We got a few things dealt with this weekend, though! Saturday … Continue reading

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Pears

I purchased two boxes of green Bartlett pears last Friday at Jones Farms in Zillah, and they all came ripe Sunday night. The kids helped me bust out two canner loads plus a big batch for the dehydrator. 14 quarts, … Continue reading

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Two more boxes of pears

Equals 23 pints plus a few for eating fresh. This is in addition to the two boxes I did last week. Unless red Bartletts (my favorite variety) miraculously materialize, I believe I’m done processing pears for the year.

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No use crying over spilt pickle brine

I make brine for pickles in gallon lots in the summer, and stash it in the garage fridge. It gets used over the course of a week or so as cucumbers ripen and get canned in small lots.  I had … Continue reading

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Pickle Parade

I picked the pickling cucumbers yesterday. I’d swear I got everything; I was thorough. Took my time. Wore gloves so that I wasn’t timid handling the vines. I picked a gallon ziplock full, and got jars ready for them today. … Continue reading

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You might be a garlic addict if…

… the garlic you grew and chose to pickle with has cloves larger than the cucumbers you grew to pickle. I mean, we have larger pickling cukes. I just favor the little ones. Also, hooray for homegrown compost!

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Montmorency Pie Cherry Harvest

We inherited a pie cherry tree of the Montmorency persuasion (along with other edibles) when we purchased our house.  This year, we had a bumper crop. Last year, we had a pretty good-sized crop as well, but the birds got … Continue reading

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