Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Canning Weekend

This past weekend we went up to Alabama to visit Todd's family.  We also did something that I've been dying to learn how to do....


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!).
 

16 comments:

  1. Great pics! It probably did take longer when you were younger because your family probably used a hand-cranked ice cream maker. When I was young we would take turns cranking until arms felt like they were gonna fall off! I miss those days!

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  2. I love Jeni's cookbook! I did a lot of research on what ice cream maker to purchase last year and we went with the KitchenAid attachment. I love the fact that I don't have another major appliance in my kitchen and it makes just the perfect amount. Good luck with the ice cream! I have 2 quarts of the watermelon lemonade sorbet in my freezer right now. It won't last long!

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  3. Canning is fun! I used to help my mom and grandma with peaches every year, but haven't tried it on my own... yet. Everybody that cans must have that large white bowl!

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  4. You're right about all the fun stuff to do with apples. We bought a bushel last year and made apple pie filling, apple butter, and apple sauce. We have already run out of our stash- gonna have to double up this fall!

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  5. Post the roasted strawberry buttermilk ice cream recipe! yum!!

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  6. I love canning. It's so relaxing and satisfying! I canned salsa for the first time last year and am hoping to at least double that this year because I use salsa every week. I have several canning recipes on my blog if you are interested. It's also fun to know you have an easy last minute hostess gift in the pantry if needed. Just add some fabric to the top to preserves and people swoon.

    KK

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  7. I am really jealous of you right now, I would love to learn how to can.

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  8. I love this! I learn most things like this from my dad's girlfriend. She was the one who (finally after lots and lots of begging) taught me how to make cat head biscuits. Speaking of ice cream, I thought you might like this salted dulce de leche ice cream that Nina from Peace Love & Good Food made. Looks seriously amazing. http://www.peacelovegoodfood.com/2012/05/salted-dulce-de-leche-ice-cream-with.html

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  9. I'm dying to learn to can! There is a class coming up, I think I will try to take it!

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  10. Wow, y'all weren't messing around! My mom and I started canning together about 3 years ago and I love it, I'm so glad she taught me. It's so worth all the work to reap the rewards year round. I love pickled okra but have never made any, I always buy it - need to try that!

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  11. Learning how to can is definitely on my bucket list. My husband's godmother was going to teach me but unfortunately she's not with us and we never got the chance.

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  12. how fun!! delicious food + memory making!! nothing better! i've never canned or made my own ice cream. i think i'm missing out. though i've managed to find millions of other uses for mason jars!! ha! well you've certainly inspired me. xo

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  13. I love canning! My mom and I made strawberry jam this last week! I need to learn how to make more things though. An ice cream maker is a must - I have a great kitchen aide one (attaches right to the stand mixer) and I love it!

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  14. Would love to know what kind of ice cream maker Todd's family has - we use a hand-crank Donvier and then a more modern Cuisinart when we are fixing some on a week night. Both come out well but I think the Donvier keeps it at its creamiest!

    We really enjoy making and canning stuff - marinara sauce, peach preserves, green beans - you are right that it is a lost art!

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