uilding a fire in the cookstove that is. For now it serves as a catch-all for all the milk jars, cream jars, canning jars, apples, zucchini, butter, corn and anything else you can think of in a farmhouse kitchen. During the summer, the flotsam and jetsam of farm life find their way to the cookstove. It’s not been cold enough to have a fire during the day, so each night I have been lighting a fire in the furnace in the basement. Not a hot or long-lasting fire, but just enough to take the chill off after dark and to preheat the hot water a little before it enters the electric hot water heater.
Hopefully canning season will end before I have to clear the deck for a fire. Still to go - applesauce, one last box of tomatoes, more prune butter and juice, and I think I’m done. Oh yeah and carrots from the greenhouse More on the reasoning behind that later…
Do you still have lots of preserving to do or are you done with that task for the year?