A Quick Summary Of My Preserving So Far

I know I’ve posted a bit here on my blog, and a few more pics on my Facebook page of what I’ve been canning so far, but I thought I’d also do a summary post so even I could see what all I’ve accomplished so far.   So, here they are:

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These pics do not include all of my dehydrated potatoes, carrots, peas, corn, vegetable powder, tomato powder, dried basil, peppermint, rosemary, & thyme.  Or my frozen corn on the cob & zucchini.  I also canned some ground beef & ground venison a couple of weeks ago.  I opened the first one the other day for spaghetti & it was good.  So nice to have the precooked meat ready & waiting for me to add to our sauce. 

 

There’s still more to go.  One of my neighbor’s  is allowing me to pick a few pears from their tree (Thank you!!), and I’ve still got potatoes that need to be processed.  Plus, I’ll be going Monday to pick okra (more free food for which I’m very thankful!!) and I’ll be going next week to pick one more round of tomatoes before they’re all gone for the season.  AND, I’m hoping to go get some apples before too long.  Thankfully, apple season is really just getting underway so I’ve got some time before I need to worry about that.  I’m also keeping my eyes out for marked down produce whenever I go out to my local grocery store.   I also plan to can more dry beans & soups before too long to keep on hand for some quick grab meals, especially lunches for my sweet, hardworking husband, Brian.

 

If I keep this up, I’m going to have to really add to my canning jars next year!  But, I’m so thankful for this knowledge and ability.  Being able to provide for my family in this way is wonderful.  I thank God daily for my loving of all things related to cooking/baking/preserving. 

Dehydrating Tomatoes

As you already know, I absolutely LOVE my Excalibur Dehydrator!  Well, with all of those wonderful tomatoes that I had, I decided to try some “sun-dried” (aka dehydrated) tomatoes.  As a FRESH tomato lover, I have to say, “OH MY GOODNESS are they Delicious!!!”  Dehydrating them brings out the natural sweetness in them plus enhances that tomato flavor!  In fact, I love it so much, that I now have a whole gallon jar filled to the brim, just waiting for me to savor them this winter. 

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These will be delicious in dishes, but also just as a snack!  It was suggested that you could add extra virgin olive oil and salt/pepper to the slices before dehydrating, but I just dehydrated them as they were.  They really don’t need anything!  The flavor is wonderfully refreshing.  But, I might try a few different ones later on just to see what they taste like.  I’m sure they will be delicious, too. 

 

Oh, what a wonderful time we live in where it’s so easy to preserve foods for the long winter months ahead.  We will be eating well, that’s for sure!  I’m thankful to God daily for all that He is providing for us, and I’m trying my best to not let any go to waste. 

Canning, dehydrating, & more canning….

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I have been busy, busy putting food by for my family for the coming winter months, as well as enough of some items to last until next growing season.  Lately, it has been lots & lots & lots of tomatoes!! Oh, let’s not forget the potatoes, corn, & bell peppers! 

 

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I’ve managed to get all of my tomatoes (approximately 280 lbs) & bell peppers (approximately 80 lbs in a 2 gal. bucket) taken care of so far that we’ve picked.  I’ll be going one more time to pick tomatoes.  I’ve put up quite a bit of Italian seasoned tomato sauce, some plain sauce, & quite a bit of tomato juice, but I need to put up more plain canned tomatoes for use in soups & chili.  So, I’ll be going again in the next few days to get those. 

 

With the help of my son, Michael, I managed to get 61 ears of corn (purchased at 6/$1.00) shucked, blanched, & in the freezer!!  It will taste so good this winter!

 

You can see some of the potatoes that I’ve managed to get canned, but I still just a few more to go…..

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(I bought these in 5 lb bags for $1.00 each!!)

 

Even though I’m not going to get near enough put up this winter like I would like to have on hand, I’m going to put up as much as I possibly can.  I know God will take care of us no matter what, but I know He’s put a lot of this wonderful food in my path because I couldn’t have gotten it if I had to pay the outrageous grocery store prices.  Next year, I’ll be looking to have another garden as well has put up a lot more to feed our family. 

 

I think I’ve shared with you a pic of my pantry before, but here’s a pic of what my hall canning pantry looks like right now:

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(Custom built by my wonderful husband!)

I still need to do a bit more reorganizing on it to get all of my tomato products together & sorted better, but it’s filling up quite nicely!  I still need to do a current tally.  I just haven’t had the time to stop & count up everything & write it all down, but I will!

 

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