Monday, September 26, 2011

Canning Season

When it rains, it pours.

We got a BIG order of produce in from Tri-cities... peaches, pears, tomatoes, peppers, apples, etc.

Just as we started in on it all, the grapes rippened!

Yeah! You can see that many of them split open in the recent rains. Hornets have been thick, too - time to juice them!

The outdoor propane stove is a huge help - extra burners and it keeps the heat and steam outside.

We put out a hornet trap while picking the grapes to keep the pests down.

It worked great. The hornets were so 'drugged' on sugar, they were quite docile.

Alot of the corn from the garden ripened this week, too.

We picked and blanched more than 100 ears, and froze them whole.

Lots of tomatoe soup, salsa, and other pastes were produced and canned.

Six boxes of peaches we bottled and dried.

Very good peaches this year again.

Here's a new one for us - roasted tomatoes.

These are the big 'hit' of the year - blended up or just added on top of everything.

Seasoned and heavy garlic. The whole house smells great!

We eventually tired of the rotten fish smell, and turned on the 'other' hornet deterrent.

Fun to hear the zapper go off periodically...

Very busy around the place... and we always swear off ever canning this much again, until we spend the year eating so well, and then it is all worth the 2 weeks of crazy.