Preparing to Can
efore I do any canning, I need to do some sorting. I have to say all these carrots are edible, and if we were short on carrots every last one them could go to the kitchen instead of the barn. With a little trimming each and every carrot in this batch from the greenhouse would be fine. But, we’re not short on carrots, and we could use some in the barn for Jane, Blake and Willy.
Sorting didn’t amount to much except topping, and putting obvious splits and chews in the barn pile. For the kitchen pile, any trimmings can either be put in the stock pot, or in a bucket for the barn. A quick field wash is all they will get before being transferred to the kitchen or barn.
Trace never wants to miss an opportunity for a carrot, especially one he didn’t have to harvest himself. He’s happy to sit under the washing screen until I turn on the hose.
The other item on the canning agenda is applesauce, and the stormy weather is providing ample windfalls from the King trees. We treat these like the carrots, any drops that are too bruised or blemished go in a bucket for the barn, and the “good” ones go to the house. With the days so dark and short, I find myself canning in the evenings after foraging during the day for goods to preserve.
What’s keeping you busy now in the evenings?