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October 1, 2012

The Fruit of the Land

Since our garden saw frost for a few mornings in a row now canning season is officially over!
It was a pretty good year garden wise. The only thing that didn't do well at all were the peppers. They were all plant and no peppers!!! So we had to buy our peppers this year to make our salsa and pasta sauce. The cucumbers were probably the best we have ever had, thanks to a very long season. We finally just stopped canning them and just ate LOTS!!! I am not sick of them though....don't think I could ever get sick of them :)

It's always kind of a happy sad thing when the garden is done. We look forward to not having to can every day....but will miss eating all the yummy fresh veggies and fruit. But we will appreciate it all the more again next summer when we once again taste the garden's yummy goodness.

I am so thankful that we are able to plant a garden. Even though its a HUGE work load...it's so worth it. It saves us a bundle on groceries, that's for sure. And it's so much more fun to eat the food that we have worked so hard to bring to the table.

More than for my sake than anything, here is a list of what we canned this year. We always wonder how much to can...especially on a year like this when there is more of something than we can keep up with. So next year we can just look back here :) I didn't count any of our freezer produce (corn, peas, raspberries, jam, gooseberries, saskatoons or strawberries) because we usually don't have even enough of this and we alway freeze all that we have :) We would have to have a much bigger garden space to put up enough of these things for our family for the year. So for now we are very thankful for what we have :)

Anyway, here is the list:

26 Quarts Whole Tomatoes (used mostly for soup)
54 Quarts Pickles (dill and sweet sliced)
35 Quarts Salsa
37 Quarts Pasta/Pizza Sauce
16 Quarts Apple Pie Filling
49 Pints Relish
30 Quarts Apple Juice
10 Pints Condensed Tomato Soup

That's 222 jars of pure homegrown goodness :)

                            When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
Psalm 128:2


The Munck Family said...

Way to go on all the hard work...and enjoy the yummy goodness of your labor during the months ahead:)

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of canning! That closet is a happy closet!


Godly-young-widow said...

After your post on being uncertain what kind of crop you WOULD have after some major hail, I look at that and go, praise God! Just in time for Thanksgiving......

Carolyn Rissler said...

I do a lot of canning, but was wondering how you can your apple juice. Do you drink it straight out of the jar or need to prepare it? I would love to try this since I have access to lots of apples! Thanks!

The Pauls' Family said...

Hi Carolyn, This year we brought our apples to a friend who has an apple press. This makes the best juice! Other years when we have not had access to a press we cut the apples into peices (cores and all), put them in a container, cover with boiling water and leave overnight. Then in the morning strain the juice, bring to a boil and can in jars. We drink both kinds of juice straight out of the jar. Hope this helps :)

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