This January I wrote a three part series of what I wanted to put up this growing season. Let's see how I am doing.
I am absolutely certain that I am way behind. I knew having a baby would complicate things but I didn't understand just how run down my body was going to feel. Up until this my body could do everything I asked of it. Even the couple really crappy long hikes in the rain while sick to get to out of a community to find transportation during Peace Corps were nothing compared with trying to weed in the garden while 38 weeks pregnant! My least favorite part of having a baby was the last month of pregnancy and the first six weeks postpartum. My physical abilities were so limited. I completely missed strawberries and blueberry season. The peach blossoms got zapped in a late frost so I'm not sure I'll find peaches this fall either. I guess the only fruit I'm getting are apples! I'll have to see if I can find some pears too.
Here's my very ambitious goal sheet I made this winter:
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I did manage to collect all the jars I thought I would need. Although, I'm almost out of pint jars! I did meet a lovely elderly gal at the farmers market who sold me 50 quart jars for $12.50. You can't beat that, so I think I'll have enough to make it through. Most of them are old glass mayo jars, which are fine for the refrigerator or water bath canner, but not so much for the pressure canner. That's okay because I still don't have a pressure canner.
Another thing I don't have is a chest freezer. I was counting on buying a freezer to store the frozen stuff and that hasn't happened. Turns out a new house and birthing a baby are expensive and on a high deductible health savings account plan a baby counts as her own person and has her own deductible. If I hadn't been moved to a hospital the babe wouldn't have had any cost. (I risked out after 24 hours of my water breaking when birth was not imminent at the birth center. Here's more info if you're curious.) So that cut into our savings. All is well that ends well, right? Healthy baby, healthy mom; just no chest freezer. Next year perhaps.
|For the record, the baby is only up on the counter for the picture. |
She normally sits in her bouncy seat on the floor away from the stove. :)
I've also got 50 of the 200 pounds of tomatoes done. I made pizza sauce. I plan to share the recipe with you, but I think I need to tweek it a bit. It's too thin, I should have boiled it down more. The question is should I open all the jars and cook it down and then re-can? I should, I just don't want to...
Then I saw this recipe for Home Canned Tomato Soup and now maybe I could use even more tomatoes! We'll see what the availability is at the co-op this year or I might have to buy another couple bushels.
I tried dehydrating kale and beets and came to the conclusion that I just don't like them that well. I'm now thinking I should blanch and freeze kale and Swiss chard in one pound bags to use for vegetarian lasagna and soups. Again, it would be good to have more freezer space.
There are some things I can still get done this year like winter storage of garlic and winter squash. I still have pesto and dehydrated tomatoes to make as well as grape jelly. The season is anything but over, perhaps there is still time to get a chest freezer!
How's your home food preservation going?