Growing up as a child, every year as the end of August approached, we were very busy on the farm. Picking and shelling peas for the freezer with my mom telling us to stop eating them. Pinching perogies for the freezer with my mom telling us to stop eating them. Sometimes we listened!
One of the biggest traditions that I have continued to practice in my life is canning vegetables and fruit for the winter. There is nothing more comforting on a thirty below day then a bowl of shepherds pie with canned garden tomatoes smothering the roasted potatoes and carrots. My mouth drools thinking about it. There is always that day in March when you know the torture is almost over and you say enough is enough! You put on a winter coat and boots with your shorts, shovel a path to the BBQ and make burgers. You cannot truly enjoy that well earned burger without dill pickles! This year I will be trying out all kinds of new recipes to bring a little piece of joy over the winter.
I hope you all consider the idea of doing some canning this year. A great book for both technique and recipes is Foolproof Preserving by America’s Test Kitchen. You can always ask me questions and I will do my best to answer them for you!