Canning winding down

I started the day in the garden picking green tomatoes.  I got 20 pounds plus and some more peppers.  Before going up for breakfast I set the cucumbers and peppers in a salt brine to get ready to make pickles.  After breakfast Norman got La Machine out and after I cut the tomatoes in half and took out any dark spots and cut up three pounds of onions, Norman chopped them all up for me.  It took him only about 20 minutes, it takes longer to clean the machine afterwards than it does to chop all those vegetables.  I added a salt brine and some ice and that had to sit for three hours.  While that was crisping up we worked on the dill pickles.  I mixed up the vinegar brine and made four quarts of dill pickles and peppers.  We cleaned up and got dinner and then finished the green tomato relish.  We got 22 pints from the tomatoes I picked you today and that should be all we need this year.   Tomorrow, if it stops raining and the beans have grown these last three days.  Time to feed the humming birds again.  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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2 Responses to Canning winding down

  1. This article is really good to read. Great!!
    Thank you for sharing, I will post it on my Twitter to share to my friends?

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