- 9 pints tomato sauce
- 9 pints peaches
- 12 pints, 1 pt pickles
- 12 pints, 25 qts (!) green beans
Not canned, but saved for winter:
- 35 lbs potatoes
- A few heads broccoli in the freezer
- Raspberries in the freezer
- Some more peaches, in the freezer
I expect to get some pears or apples at some point, and make some applesauce or pear sauce or just can pears. Tomatoes are still coming in- if I feel totally bombarded by them, I may have another canning day. That's not the case right now. Also, Casey ate a bunch I left on the kitchen table last night. Stupid dog. If I get more cabbage or cauliflower or broccoli, I may try to freeze it. The cucumbers are (finally) slowing, so I may still try to make spears, and I may not.
There's something to be said for eating local, seasonal food year-round. It's not expensive to buy a can of green beans at the grocery store- even organic green beans- but to know that the green beans in the can I open for dinner are from my backyard, even in the dead of winter, is comforting. Besides, they taste better, too. Thanks to my work up front, my grocery lists are shorter for the rest of the year- also a nice perk.
I think the work is worth it, and I'm thankful for the friends that have taught me to can and to garden. Y'all are awesome!