Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The produce continues to pour in. The garden has been a big success for two folks who hadn't had a "real" garden in years. But that also means that there's lots of preserving to be done.
Enter... Team Smith. Yes, Kent has been working on the canning and drying with me and we've become quite the well-oiled machine.
For example, canning tomatoes. Kent washes and scalds the tomatoes.
And puts them into the cold water in the sink to stop the cooking.
I slip the skins and quarter them.
So pretty! So much potential! Summer days ready to capture in glass jars...
When the tomatoes and jars are hot, I fill the jars and add the necessary items, such as salt and citric acid. Kent gets the bubbles out, wipes the rims and adds the lids. We can fill two canners in no time.
Which is good. Because then there's the zucchini to shred, the squash to dry...
And the peaches to prepare for the next canning batch...
Yes, the peaches from our own tree. We're still giddy about that. And they are so sweet and delicious!