At first, I was a little confused- then he elaborated. He told me that with canning, I get to take all of the unorganized fruits and veggies on my counter, then organize them into jars, process them, and have a full pantry of healthy, delicious food for when we can't get them fresh.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized he was right, in a sense. I do get satisfaction from naturally preserving fresh, in season, local, organic produce for my family to use when we would otherwise have to get it in a can or import it from Mexico. (gag!) I like seeing the rows of delicious pickles, to die for jams, fresh fruit just waiting to be put into a pie, fresh veggies just waiting to be the centerpiece of a meal- and more than that, I like knowing that I am honing a really cool skill! I am so thankful that I took an interest in preserving food. SO thankful that I enjoy it!
And yes, I like to organize.
Here are some pictures of the veggies and fruits that have been put in their place today!
(Love you, Tim!)
On the left: new red taters
On the right: summer squash medley
After I finished the potato canning and squash canning, I did some more peaches!
With the pressure canner, I'm trying out smaller than usual batches of each new thing (beans/squash/taters/etc.) just to see how it turns out. Hence, the two jars of everything new!
The yummy sweet corn!
And holy cow- it takes 6 large ears to make 1 quart!
Will have to put them in pints from now on- we can't eat that much corn in a sitting,
no way no how!
More beautiful green beans!
When Tim gets home from doing stuff with his motorcycle (yes, he got one for Father's Day / his 29th birthday next month!), he gets to carry all of THIS down to the basement!