October 28, 2014

Seasons' Bounty

Think I'm ready for winter? :)

As you can see, I was pretty busy this season, trying to preserve the best of the summer produce.  And I think I was quite successful.  All the fruit and vegetables for these little jewels of yumminess came from Wiley Farms--a small family farm about three miles from my house.

Seeing that this is only the second year I've done any canning in my life, I think my pantry looks pretty good for the winter ahead.  And I had so much fun doing this.  I canned 30 quarts of fresh tomatoes, 22 quarts of several different types of tomato sauces, and over 50 jars of assorted jams, preserves and conserves.  Some of them are pretty unique such as basil/peach jam; nectarine/saffron jam; tomato and caramelized onion conserve; blueberry mojito jam; savory peach chutney; spicy dill relish and the list goes on.  I have given away many jars already and will gift more for Christmas presents.  My family and friends seem to appreciate getting them and I love making them and giving them away.  And of course my husband loves sampling each new jar that I open.  I've had a few people suggest that I make this a small business and sell them.  But that would make it too much like work and take all the fun out of it.  I think I'll just keep making them and giving them away.  Any takers? :)


  1. Ha, only two years canning and you have all that? You give me hope, never canning myself.

  2. Good for you, Diane! I've never gotten into canning, but I used to do a lot of freezing--jams, whole tomatoes, applesauce, etc. This year, I made several pints of freezer salsa. Surprisingly, it seems to hold up pretty well after defrosting and the flavor is incredible. :)

  3. Looks so tasty! I've never canned anything but I'm enthusiastic about other people's canning. :o) I don't freeze much, either. We just gobble it up fresh. But if my basil hadn't become mildewy, I would have frozen pesto and then gobbled it up.


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