A few years ago, my step-mom starting canning again (she grew up doing it) as something to do while my dad was gone and to be more in control of what goes into the food that they eat. Everytime we saw them or received a package from them there was always a gift of canned goodies.
Then we moved into the deep south...
Holy moly EVERYONE cans, especially people with gardens, which is probably 60% of the population of Hometown, MS.
I now get canned goods from my MiL, SG's Mamaw, HillBilly Neighbor, kids' friends' parents, etc.
My cabinet now has a 60/40 ratio of homemade to store bought canned food.
I think that's pretty darned cool!
When we moved here, I decided to start a garden. I <3<3<3 tomatoes and peppers and would eat them everyday if they were available...and now they are, woot! My parents decided that between the garden and our plethora of local farmers that they were going get me started canning. Which is good, because last week alone I ended up with nearly 40lbs of veg from multiple sources. I even used it all, before the parents got here with my canning starter kit, heh. I had a few jars and lids that I got as gifts (with food in them) that I decided to practice pickling peppers. My brother asked me to send some with step-mom since he was going there to visit. My very first attempt at canning yielded 1 and 3/4 pints of pickled jalapenos and banana peppers from my garden.
It was beautiful.
I think I am now addicted
Yesterday the little boys and I made Blueberry Banana Jam.3 quarts of fresh blueberries
2 mashed bananas
1 lime: pulp and juice (I sliced the peel and boiled it with the fruit to get more flavor and pectin from the pith)
3 cups of raw sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
(The original recipe didn't call for pectin, but so far, its more like a thick chunky syrup than jam, so I may add some next time I make it)
Yields 5 pints
The Bubba picking stems and sorting out the icky berries
Holy teamwork, Batmom!
They're actually working TOGETHER!
Before cooking down.
Jar-ready, steamy goodness.
This is Mamaw's, I put her jam in one of her own jars so I could return it to her...good idea, huh?
We had some BananaBerry nummies on our fluffy pancakes this morning, it was sooooo tasty!
And on tomorrow's schedule?
Peach Melba Jam.
The fruit is currently macerating in between layers of raw sugar.