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Preserving Summer

September 3, 2011

It’s that time of year, no time for a breather.

Picking, packing and putting up.

My kitchen, and any available flat space holds a basket of this, or a bushel of that.  Crocks and jars with fermenting goods and canning jars getting filled with shelf stable type foods.  Lunch on the fly is a juicy tomato.

And our all too common summertime fare of wildfire smoke blocking out the sun.

What’s on your preserving slate this time of year?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2011 8:55 pm

    Old fashioned lactofermented pickles; tomato sauce; tomatillo salsa; zucchini relish; freezing blueberries and blackberries; making cheese from the last of the year’s goat milk… Um… Sauerkraut.

  2. September 3, 2011 9:13 pm

    We didn’t think we were going to get tomatoes, now suddenly there are some. A very timely heat wave! I am canning, then working on the roof, in the mornings, and crushing apples in the afternoons. It’s all done on the run!

  3. Bev in CA permalink
    September 4, 2011 4:07 am

    Salsa yesterday. Sweet pickles are in the crock. Today, canning peaches, peach preserves, peach pies for the freezer. Plus fitting in a second batch of pickled beets and zucchini relish. The corn has to be frozen today. Yikes. The late spring and a slight frost in the middle of the week has put the pressure on, even though we are back to hot days, but I am not complaining We are thankful.

  4. September 4, 2011 4:53 am

    pickles, sauerkraut, jams/jellies/butters, pie fillings for the freezer, dried herbs .. waiting for the tomatoes to ripen .. almost there.

  5. September 4, 2011 5:15 am

    pickles, zucchini, squash, okra and tomatoes.

  6. September 4, 2011 5:49 am

    Right now I’m getting real sick of green beans and I’m already feeling mild depression over what looks like miles of collards that are coming on strong in both gardens. Still, I am most grateful to Providence for the bounty and will not waste a bit of it! 😀

  7. Chris permalink
    September 4, 2011 8:04 am

    Won’t you bee mine?? That is a honey of a photo of little bee! 🙂

  8. September 4, 2011 2:54 pm

    Great shots…..especially the bee. Too bad we can’t preserve the warm weather for an change in the winter 😉

  9. September 4, 2011 6:38 pm

    I’m in the middle of canning diced tomatoes right now. Looks like mine might actually ripen this month, but I hedged my bets with a 25# case of seconds from the farm stand. Tomorrow 3 of us are turning 45# of cukes into several varieties of pickles and then I’ve got to come home and make about a dozen pints of dilly beans. Still to go? Tomato sauce and salsa (assuming successful ripening), applesauce, and maybe a bit of blackberry jam.

  10. FL.T permalink
    September 4, 2011 9:59 pm

    The one of a few great things about being in fl, Its very peaceful to farm and garden! I get to sit and doing nothing in the summer heat!(well, you get the idea) And can take my time planting out the crops in the fall! You guys should try it! 🙂

  11. September 6, 2011 7:20 pm

    Today it was baby food out of peaches, tomorrow canning pears. I still have tomatoes, corn, broccoli and cauliflower. I both love and loathe this time of year. I am freezing in canning jars thank to you!

  12. September 7, 2011 11:20 am

    Lots of work, but i bet very rewarding. If there are enough blackberries left when I get home I need to make jam. I LOVE blackberry jam and I am all out from last year. – Margy

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