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Very Busy Canning Food

September 30th, 2020 at 04:34 am

It's been a busy last couple of weeks. In that time we have installed a 16 foot handicapped ramp, gotten a new mattress for my son, visited an orchard, and I have been super busy canning. I now have 95 quarts of regular cut green beans on my shelves. My goal is 104, so I am just 9 shy. That gives us two quarts of green beans to eat per week for the entire year. I am thrilled to meet that goal.

I have also put up 6 quarts of chicken thighs, 3 quarts of chuck roast, 1 pint and a half jar of chuck roast, and then 8 pint and a half jars, 1 quart, and 3 pints of chicken bone broth. I like to have the broth in different sizes based on what I am making. If I am doing enchilada sauce or penne in the Instant pot I need 3 cups (pint and a half) of broth. If I am making soup I need two quarts, if someone just wants to drink broth they can open a pint jar. So I always can a variety of broth.

It is time to pick the green beans again and I am hoping for enough to get my nine jars. I also need to pick tomatoes. I think I will have enough tomatoes to double stack the big canner. I will be doing diced tomatoes in pints and green beans in quarts.

We still have to dig up potatoes. We have only done the 3 rows so far. Then we had smoke, then we had rain, and now my son is sick, so it has been hard to get it done. Hopefully he will start feeling better in the next few days. I'd like to get some potatoes canned. 104 jars to be exact. Canned potatoes are great for beef stew, chicken stew, curry, and making fried potatoes.

I am hoping there will be a good chuck roast sale and another good chicken sale coming up. I haven't had a chance to look at the ads yet. I'd like to get a lot more of those canned. I feel an urgency to be prepared for the upcoming cold/flu/Covid season in case we get locked down again. If we shut down I just want to be able to stay home. Which reminds me, I need to start a new batch of lettuce in the Aerogarden, then we don't even have to go out for greens. The chard at least should overwinter.

The cucumbers are done, but we are still getting strawberries (everbearing) and raspberries. The garden has done well this year, despite the deer and the rabbits. Not to thrilled with the raccoons eating some of the corn, though.

Well, back to the grind. The canner should be down from pressure by now.

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