Thursday, May 19, 2011

Canning Goals...

Aren't goals great? I usually shy away from them. I hate to fail myself by setting goals that I might not attain. However, with this goal, I don't have a choice. We are going to can/dehydrate/freeze whatever we can from the garden this year. I don't want to be on food assistance anymore. I hate being on anything from the government. At the time I applied, I was desperate and needed to feed my kids. Now that I am a little more wiser about my food choices and the burden I am on others by being on food assistance, this needs to end.

My first goal is 100 jars of canned goods. Since my garden is just getting going, the progress is slow for this goal. I do have seven quarts of chicken stock done which is great considering how much we love homemade chicken noodle soup and chicken and noodles. Also, this is great since I conquered my fear of the pressure canner...

I also have two pints of Strawberry-Banana Jam in the freezer. I took this recipe from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. We had a little left over so the kids tried it. I got a thumbs-up from them and they are a tough crowd!

Tonight I hope to make some Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. I love this stuff! I am still trying to decide which recipe to go with. I will post more about this tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!

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