I used to help my mom can when I was growing up. Once when I was grown and living at home, I canned cherry jelly by myself, when the cherries were ripe and my parents were out of town.
But this was my first foray into canning all by myself, at my own home. Last week I bought pears and a canner (in that order). I had to make sure I had all the special equipment I needed, like a jar lifter and a magnetic lid lifter. I had to decide whether and how to can on my glass-top stove (more on that later). I had to call my mom twice, just to make sure I had everything I needed and knew what to do.
It all came together, and I have 18 quarts of pears waiting for us to devour this winter. Even though I haven't done much canning all by myself, I am grateful that my mom enlisted us to help her—you learn a lot by helping and observing.
Next up: cherry jelly, to use the cherry juice that's in my freezer. But first, I think I'll mop the floor. And buy more sugar.
Labels: Food Storage