|Our New All-American Pressure Canner|
Ready for its Maiden Voyage
Well this past Thursday, the UPS truck (I love UPS almost as much and the toys they deliver) brought us a lovely new All American pressure canner. The giant aluminum vessel looked more like it was destined for outer space than my kitchen and although I found it and the accompanying instructions more than a bit intimidating, I was determined and eager to take it for a test drive.
You see we have harvested and frozen so much food from the garden that we now have no room for the whole hog and the 25 free-ranged chickens that are due to be processed for us in November - and the harvest continues.
Our new toy will allow us to can low acid veggies, meats, soups, etc. and thereby reduce the amount of food taking up space in the freezers.
|Four Quarts of Homegrown, Freshly-Canned Green Beans|
So we picked what I suspect will be the last of the green beans (frost is expected next week) and was able to can four quarts of green beans.
They seemed to turn out well and are beautiful in their jars. I wish we had done this sooner because I really prefer the taste of canned beans over frozen.
|The First of Our Fall Broccoli Crop|
While the beans were cooling, we
- harvested over seven pounds of broccoli,
- cleaned it,
- soaked it for 30 minutes in salt water to eliminate any bugs,
- fed the few worms that were revealed during this process to the baby quail (who fought over which of them would claim these delicacies),
- blanched it,
- and froze it into meal-sized portions.
|Our First Try at |
Homemade, Canned Chili
|14 Quarts of Spicy, Homemade Chili|
So last night we set nine cups of dried beans to soak, took 9 lbs. ground beef out to defrost, and chopped 24 cups of tomatoes. We woke up early this morning to make and can 14 more quarts (the max our canner will process at one time) of chili. It was a long process - but they turned out beautifully.
What's next? Chicken soup? Beef stew? Green tomato relish? You'll have to stay tuned as we work to really put our new toy through its paces!