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Thread: Do quilters also preserve fruit and veggies?

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    It seems like a hand-in-hand hobby; taking odd bits, doing a little magic, and creating a lasting feel-good project. I have been busy with canning, but I think I'm about done. I did lots of unusual combos of jams (like mango-blueberry), and then started in on the garden stuff. I had a great crop of huge pimentos that I pickled into a garden mix. The dill's are made from a recipe my grandmother used in the 40's. And peaches! After we eat all we can, I preserve some for cottage cheese snacks. I still have some empty bottles, but the garden is finished, and my sewing time has suffered!

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    Ooooo those all look so good!!! Living alone, I just don't do the canning like I used to. I do get gifted though, and greatly appreciate them :D:D:D

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    The whole preserving thing is NOT for me. My mom was into freezing and canning big time with a little sewing thrown in. I'm the total opposite....once in a while I will freeze corn or tomatoes (only for use in chili), but that is it. I'd rather be sewing all the time.

    You canning does look yummy. Enjoy it this winter :thumbup:

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    I only do tomatoes...I hate them in a can!!

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    Hi, I also do alot of canning each year, due to having a large garden on our large property, here in the mountains. I love to can, almost ALMOST as much as I love to quilt...Thanks for sharing your bounty!

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    Wow, That is so wonderful to be able to can most of your garden veggies.... My Mom use to do this and me and my two sisters helped, We sure stayed healthy because alot that we ate came from our huge gardens. it must make you feel very satisfied to be able to do this. I miss canning sometimes, but I do have to admit, It is alot of work.

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    All of your canning looks absolutely delicious. Wish I liked to can, it always tastes better than what you buy at the store. Also I'm the only one around here who likes fruits and vegetables. My bunch is meat and potatoes.

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    They all look delicious, but canning is wayyyyyyy to much like cooking for me. LOL

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    YUMMY!!!!! :lol: I love to can, but I haven't done it in several years. My mother used to get together sometimes and can lots and lots of goodies. :wink:

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    We have an orchard on our property as well as a garden so I do can, I don't really enjoy it but I do love my own spaghetti sauce and jellies over the store bought anytime..

    We have Two different types of apples, pears, four different varieties of grapes, peaches, cherries (tart), blackberries galore, raspberries, those green berries that make the tart pies (yuck)-Gooseberries !! but I only can every other year, the other years I let friends and neighbors pick the orchard clean.. Too much work..

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    This one does ;-)

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    My mother canned a lot. She had 11 kids to feed so she raised a big garden and canned everything she grew. No fruit trees so she had to buy peaches and apples to can. Also, she made lots of beautiful quilts. I don't know how she did all that, makes me tired just thinking about it. I have canned fruit and made jellies when I was a young mother. Now that there is just the two of us, it is much easier to buy what I need at the grocery store.

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    My mother used to can pears from a tree in the yard. Boy, they tasted really good in the winter! I don't do any canning.

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    I can buy home canned produce cheaper then I can grow and do it myself. I know the ladies that do the canning and the gardens the produce come from. No field produce, all home grown. I save the jars for them each year. I have a small pressure canner that I can leftover soup and stews. It's easy. It's amazing how many filled jars I get from leftovers.

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    We can green beans and mostly freeze everything else. We just put a couple bushels of Zipper Cream Peas in the freezer. We have two of the largest freezer full to the busting point and there are only two of us. Well we do share with the kids and especially Olivia. I would love to have your tomato and spaghetti sause recipes. I love good tomato soup. I used to have a spaghetti sause recipe but have lost it. I used to make jellies, but no one eats them any more. DH always makes a couple of batches of fig perserves for him and DS every year. To sweet for me. Thanks for sharing your pictures the fruit is beautiful.

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    Some day I plan on giving canning a try. I bought the canning for dummies book, I guess that is a start. Lol

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    My Mom canned everything when we were little. I canned fruit and tomatoes when my husband was alive, but it is just not worth it to me for one person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Some day I plan on giving canning a try. I bought the canning for dummies book, I guess that is a start. Lol
    The best canning book is Blue Bell Canning. It used to cost a $1. I'm sure it way more than that now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    They all look delicious, but canning is wayyyyyyy to much like cooking for me. LOL
    Ditto. Besides, we only keep a small vegie patch so wouldn't have enough to be worthwhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Some day I plan on giving canning a try. I bought the canning for dummies book, I guess that is a start. Lol
    The best canning book is Blue Bell Canning. It used to cost a $1. I'm sure it way more than that now.
    That cook book sounds familiar, how much you wanna bet i have it hiddin somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy

    The best canning book is Blue Bell Canning. It used to cost a $1. I'm sure it way more than that now.
    I saw one at Lowes For $5.95

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    I bottle blueberries and make jams and jelly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    I would love to have your tomato and spaghetti sause recipes. I love good tomato soup. I used to have a spaghetti sause recipe but have lost it. Thanks for sharing your pictures the fruit is beautiful.
    Tomato Soup
    2 Gallons ripe tomatoes, cored, halved
    7 stocks celery
    7 springs (or more) fresh parsley
    4 large onions, quartered
    4 large green bell peppers, seeded, quartered
    Simmer together until tender, then blend well in blender. Strain.

    Add: 7 Tbl flour
    5 tsp salt
    2 tsp paprika
    3 Tbl sugar
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    3 Tbl butter
    Blend butter into flour, whisk into tomato puree mixture. Simmer just to blend.

    Bottle in clean glass jars in hot water bath for 20 minutes.

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    Thank you so much. Now that all the tomatoes are gone I'll have to wait until next year.
    Spaghetti sauce recipe too, please.

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    Yes, I do corn, green beans, carrots, pickles, relish, swt pepper relish, apple pie filling, peaches, and this year I'm getting concord grapes for jam. I also do shelled beans, baked beans , beef stew etc.

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