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Thoughts On Canning…

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Ball Canning Jar 2

{photo credit: Susan Liepa via flickr}

  1.  Wear tennis shoes. Your feet and back will thank you.
  2. Drink lots of water. I got lost in the task at hand and realized I was soooooo thirsty. Plus, if you drink lots of water, you'll have a built-in break 🙂
  3. Bring in the reinforcements! It's always more fun to have an extra hand or two to stir something. Even if it's someone to stand to the side and make you laugh. (Right, Lori?)
  4. Canning is hard work, but so worth it! In one day we had 30 quarts of homemade applesauce and 20 pint jars of Apple Jelly. The applesauce should last us over a year! Since this is the first time I've canned jelly, I'm not sure how long it will last us...from the taste of it, not too long! Not too shabby if I do say so myself.
  5. Share the bounty. People love homemade things. To know that you thought enough about them to share your hard-earned results speaks volumes. Take the time to make it pretty and attach a handwritten note...warm fuzzies.
  6. Learn from a pro. I am gleaning all of the tips and tricks I can from my Granny-in-law about canning. In the meantime, God has illuminated some of the secret places of my heart that I thought were decorated so nicely and is rearranging my heart spaces, like only He can. Funny how He can shine a flashlight into the dark corners of your heart and point out the "cobwebs" lurking in the corners, huh?

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
       test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
       and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139: 23-24

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Friday 24th of September 2010

Thank you for sharing these tips! Sounds like you created delicious results :)

My mom has huge garden & spends hours canning her beans & peaches & tomatoes & cucumbers...someday I hope to learn from her!


Friday 24th of September 2010

Keep these pointers handy, so I can learn from ya during my next trip that way! ;)