Do you know those 80 lbs of tomatoes that Leanna was talking about in yesterday’s post?
Well, I canned them yesterday. They made 28 quarts.
There is something so rewarding about canning. I absolutely love it.
It wasn’t always so. In fact as a young adult (okay, teenager) I was pretty intimidated by the pressure canner. However, the summer I was 16 was the big learning season for me. I usually just helped my mom and as you all know there is a big difference between helping and leading.
But that summer, my mom’s back went out and landed her flat for over a month.
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF CANNING SEASON!
But you know what? It was probably the best thing that could have ever happened for me. (sorry, Mom) I learned to can that summer.
I put up quarts and quarts of green beans, tomatoes, squash, and pumpkin that year. It got my feet wet and from then on, I was the “chief canner” in the house. It was like a right of passage, growing up, entering womanhood.
Now I have my own home and canning is a “piece o’ cake” and lots of hard work. But oh-so rewarding.