We live in town. Along a busy highway. For a town lot our back yard is a nice size but it’s not ideal for a garden. We tried for a few years to raise tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and some other things. It didn’t work. I have an herb garden and that’s it. A garden in town just wasn’t working for us so we gave it up.
This year we were blessed by a friend who had more green beans than she had time to can. Add in the fact that she still had canned beans from a couple years ago and she decided it was time to pass the produce along. So we picked 2 buckets of beans. And also came home with a bucket of zucchini, a yellow squash, and a pile of beets.
I’ve never thought I particularly cared for beats. The only way I’ve had them is pickled and I didn’t like ’em much. I borrowed my friends canner to can beans – no garden – no canner. She told me to use the pressure canner for the beets too.
10 pounds of pressure for about 15 minutes I think. And the skins just slipped right off. Beautiful bright purple fruit. Let them cool, sprinkle with salt and pepper, put them on a slice of buttered bread, and add some fresh basil. I wouldn’t want it every day but once a summer isn’t bad 😀
I canned 13 quarts of green beans. It’s really not hard, and I do like having home canned produce. But the long process of canning the 2 canners of beans fried my large burner on my stove. The second large burner on my stove. And one of the small burners doesn’t work. So I now have one functioning burner on my stove. A small burner. No more canning till I have a new stove.
Praise God for the bountiful harvest. We hope to get around 20 dozen ears of sweet corn next week to put in the freezer. And I plan to buy apples and make applesauce. But that will be the extent of my homemaking attempts involving preserving food!
Do you have a garden? If you are close to me and you have an abundance of tomatoes you would like to share you would be my best friend forever 😀
And I have a fun surprise – remember the giveaway I was part of awhile back for an ipad mini? Well it’s happening AGAIN! A really cool giveaway is coming up – starts next week – Tuesday the 13th. So come back then!
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