Last year was the first year I attempted to preserve food for my family. I don’t have any sort of talent in that area but I purchased the Ball Blue Book of Preserving off eBay and have had great success. If I can can, you can can too! All you need is a simple recipe and the desire to give it a try.
Last year I successfully froze strawberries, raspberries and canned peaches. I also made dill pickles and sweet gherkin pickles which were a hit with the littles as well as friends, family and neighbors. Of all of that, four jars of pickles, one of peaches and a bag of strawberries is all that is left.
Last week I turned 50 pounds of baby cucumbers into sweet gherkin pickles and yesterday I turned a bushel of beets into borsht and canned pickled beets. This week we have another bushel of cucumbers to be turned into dill pickles and, Gram’s favorite, bread and butter pickles. I love pickles because they add a fast, easy veggie to lunches and the littles love them. They also make such a nice snack!
One of the biggest things I can do to make make my home sing is to spend time in the kitchen. Canning, baking, and cooking are ways that I can meet our family’s needs, bless my family and show my love for them. The littles love to help; we make memories and strengthen that family bond.
I find it incredibly rewarding and satisfying when I master a new recipe, skill or task. How about you?