Greetings from the Petts Canning Factory!!

This has been a busy week, picking vegetables and fruit and canning or freezing them.  Sunday we started with a few of the grapes.  We made 8 jars of grape jelly.  I do those first because I need at least one third of the grapes to be green for the extra pectin and to give the jelly a little hint of a tart flavor.  Monday I picked tomatoes and cucumbers and I froze about 20 pounds of green fried tomatoes.  I love those when we get back from Florida in Feb.  Yesterday we made and canned 16 pints of salsa.  Norman helped me with the hot peppers because if I even touch them my hands burn for days after.  When we took the seeds out of the tomatoes we got four quarts of juice which we canned today with three quarts we had left from Saturday’s canning job.  Now we have a case of salsa for Becca and one for Joe.  Then I had to pick the peaches of the Belle of Georgia  tree because they were getting so big and heavy they had bent the branch right to the ground and every rabbit in town was helping themselves to our beautiful peaches.  They took about a dozen before I knew what was happening.  also the Golden Jubilee  peach tree had one branch touching the ground.  When that happens the worms get into the peaches so I had to pick those also.  We thought we had lost all our peaches with the late frost and we did lose a lot but boy there are still so many on the tree, in  close to the trunk so we don’t see how many there really were and there is a lot.  I got 7 quarts of peaches canned and enough for two big short cakes and that was just off the two branches that were touching the ground.  Tomorrow I need to can the cucumbers and will do those into bread and butter pickles because that is the ones most everyone likes the best and I need to pick more grapes for Friday to make into juice.  Must run and label the last jars.  Have a great day

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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