Saturday, August 20, 2011

Can It!

Mary Ann and I have been discussing the idea of expanding the garden.  It is currently a 4' x 8' raised bed. We have enough room for a few veggies, but I would like to try more.  A couple of years ago I grew okra with some success.  However, there wasn't enough to do much with because I didn't have enough room.

One of my concerns is having too much food and having it go to waste.  However, I think I've found a solution.  I've always been hesitant to can.  When I think of canning I think of old pickled beans, carrots, etc.  I've recently discovered that there are so many more things I can do with fruits and vegetables that aren't as traditional.  On a recent trip to a bookstore I found "Preserves".  There are tons of recipes for jams, chutneys, butters, and jellies, using many different vegetables, fruits, and herbs.  I also found some really cool jars from a company called "Weck".

I think I am going to start with something easy and make peach butter.  I will let you know how it turns out.


  1. Canning is always something I've dreamed of doing. You'll have to let me know how it goes...easy, not so much, etc...

  2. i may be doing it a little wonky. You see... I think canning is a real pain in the butt. All of the equipment and sterilizing and blah blah blah. You get the idea. Well, I thought since I sterilize my beer bottles, when I brew, with a chemical powder, why can't I do that with canning? So I am being a little experimental and so far I haven't had any problems. I also usually don't like the flavor of things after it is canned. However, when I did a little research I found so many more recipes out there that sounded incredible. The peach butter rocks!!!