We canned! And canned, and canned, and canned. We made pickled okra, stewed tomatoes, strawberry rhubarb jam, peach jam, peach jelly, spiced peaches and pickled beets.
Todd's stepmom, Florence, has been trying to tell me how to can over the phone for a few weeks now and while I was able to put up a few jars of tomatoes out of our garden, it's so much more reassuring to watch someone do it. It's not nearly as scary or hard as I thought it was.
She still had a bunch of peaches in the freezer (from last year, I think) that she made peach ice cream out of and really really good peach jam. I might eat the peach jam with a spoon straight out of the jar.
Canning really is a lost art. Sure, it's easy to run to the grocery store and buy a jar of spaghetti sauce or a jar of salsa but you and I both know it's not nearly as good as when you make it yourself. I'd love to reach into my pantry and pull out of a jar of homemade spaghetti sauce that I know tastes really good...because I made it myself. I can't wait until fall when we go pick apples. I've got all kinds of recipes tagged for those.
This is Todd's dad, Billy, he was the resident dishwasher all weekend. I think we used every bowl, pot, and wooden spoon in their kitchen...at least three times. Billy said, "With all of these pictures you're taking, I better make it on that website!" :)
We have to get an ice cream maker ASAP. We made chocolate ice cream, peach ice cream, and roasted strawberry buttermilk ice cream. They were so good. There really is nothing to it, it makes pretty darn quickly and tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the store.
Our friend Brian came down on Sunday and brought his ice cream cookbook- if you're looking for one, this one has a ton of great recipes. We made ice cream every summer growing up, maybe it was because I was much younger but I remember it taking hours and hours to make. It doesn't- y'all can totally do this after dinner one night. Get on it!!
If you want to learn how to can, preserve, or pickle and don't have a Florence and Billy that you can learn first hand from, I found this blog that does a great job of showing you different ways (with videos too!).