Canning Fun

As part of my ever increasing domestic aspirations, I did some more canning. Last week, I canned tomatoes. I didn’t have enough from my plants to can and since they’ve been tasting bad, I went to my favorite Berry Patch Farms and got a box of organic tomatoes. Peeling, coring, and seeding the tomatoes was a lot of work, but hopefully they’ll be great this winter. Here are two of the pints:

Last week, my friend Laurel invited me over for a grape jelly party. Her neighbor (also a church friend) has a huge grape vine, and another lady from our church was coming over to teach the art of making grape jelly. We picked tons of grapes (I should have taken a picture!) and made loads of freezer jelly. We had heard of a method of canning grapes with water and sugar to make a not too concentrated grape juice concentrate, and I wanted to try it. So yesterday, I picked more grapes and made the juice! We’ll see how it tastes, but it was at least a fun experiment.

A while back, we had a groupon (50% off deal) for Door to Door Organics. They make weekly deliveries of organic produce to subscribers. The produce is of course not local at all during much of the year, so I waited to redeem mine until a good bit was local. My delivery came yesterday, and I’m excited to use everything! It’s turned out not to be a great cooking week for me, but I’ll see what I can do.

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  1. A canning party sounds like lots of fun. I still have not ventured out into the world of canning and it would be really helpful for me to have other more experienced canners around for my first time. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to learn lots from garden bloggers and try it myself one of these days.

    I hope the grape jelly turns out tasty for you!

  2. I’m a little late visiting this post, but your canning adventures sound fun. I made the grape “juice” that way last year and mine was pretty weak…but maybe that’s because I didn’t want to put so much sugar in it. 🙂 Glad you shared this!

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