Saturday, April 30, 2011

And the canning season has started!!!

Back in January one of my posts talked about my goal to put up 600 "somethings" this year: pints, quarts, gallons, WHATEVER!I have been canning and freezing stuff ever since I was little, first assisting with my mother, then for my own family and this is just something I feel strongly about. I have my 2 little girls help me now, so they can learn how to do it for themselves.

So here is an update for April. We have local strawberries. The strawberries we planted are a later variety, but are looking promising, but I bought the ones I used in the picture from about 15 minutes down the road from a local farmer who uses organic practices. We have been buying from his family for as long as I remember.
I put up 7 jars of strawberry jam ( I know that one in the back is pretty pitiful looking and only 1/4th full, but I don't waste anything and I'm pretty proud of it anyways. And then also to the right are 4 containers of strawberries that will be frozen. The frozen strawberries are delicious in smoothies and homeade ice cream, and there is also a strawberry cake I make that the frozen strawberries work great for. So I'm going to say that of the 600 "somethings" I'm at 11..... Wow what a ways to go, but I keep telling myself it's only April and 99.9% of the stuff I'll can hasn't even happened yet. I konw that the next few months will be very busy.


  1. I'm excited for you!!!! I hope to do a lot of canning also this summer!! Our strawberries won't be ready until June. :( I look forward to seeing your progress! :)

  2. You'll get there. Enjoy the journey!

  3. I am impressed and a bit jealous at the same time. We dont have strawberries yet. I am going to try canning for the first time this year. We'll see how it goes. But 600?!? Wow!

    I look forward to following your blog.

  4. I am a little nervous myself to be honest. I'm expecting our third child in September, and have a 5 year old and a 3 year old. I'm wondering if 600 is a huge overestimate??

    We will see though, thanks for stopping by.