2010 (so far) Canning recap…

This is more for my records than anything but here is a look into what I have canned so far this year:

 Salsa: 15x500mL jars. Bernardin. This is good. A little watery and plain for my taste, used jalapeno and anahiem peppers. Definitely could have left all seeds in jalapenos, left half in for hot and it’s not very hot.

Red Hot Sauce: 8x125mL jars. Bernardin. Used jalapeno and serrano peppers, seeded. Very tasty sauce but not even a little bit hot. Make again using hotter peppers.

Old Fashioned Tomato Ketchup. 8x1L jars & 3x500mL jars. Well Preserved. My sil did the lion’s share of the work on this one (It was the second day of my period and I was c.r.a.n.k.y so she kicked me out), we used (50lbs?) of tomatoes for this. It cooked down for like 6.5 hours. It’s really yummy but way too much work to do regularly.

Preserved in light syrup:

20lbs of nectarines. 10x1L jars. YUM! Nathaniel says they are the best canned fruit he has ever tasted. Light syrup (6cups water 2 cups sugar) is perfect. I left the skins on but they slip off very easily for the kids. Seriously. Yum. Do these next year.

30lbs of peaches. 13x1L jars. Also very yummy. The kids ate an entire jar after dinner the other night.


10lbs of plums. 5x1L jars. These ones not so much. They are a little bitter and probably could have used a medium or even a heavy syrup. I’ll use them for plum cake.

Plum Jam. 6lbs of plums made 8x500mL jars. Well preserved. This needs pectin. It’s too runny to be jam but it’s really good! Super easy and very yummy. One recipe makes around 3 500mL jars.

Peach Rum Sauce. Bernardin. We must have doubled this (?check with sil?). 10x250mL(?). This is super yummy. My dad and Nathaniel both raved about how good this was on ice cream. Make again.

Peach Salsa. Bernardin. 3 batches. 12x500mL jars. This is better than the tomato salsa. Way better. I was super skeptical as to how good this would be but WOW. After trying my sil’s first batch I was in love. This is going to become a staple around here I think.

Raspberry Jam. I think we made around 87 (seriously) 500mL jars of this. My mom and I used to do it with my Grannie so it was a little bittersweet but my uncles, Grandad, and Poppa all can’t exist with out this jam so we make it every year.

Picked Beets and Onions. 5x500mL jars & 1 250mL. Bernardin. I just did these tonight so I don’t know how they are but they were easy to do. My dad picked me a bunch of beets from his garden so I’m sure they will be yummy.

Spicy Pickled Green Beans. 9x500mL jars. Well preserved. I bought these cute little red peppers for the hot peppers for this recipe. Not knowing what kind of peppers they were or how hot they were I asked my poor dh to take a bite. Well he almost exploded and he has a high tolerance for spicy food! After drinking almost 2 liters of milk he advised me not to put too much of them in my pickles. So we only made two jars of spicy, the rest are just garlic/dill. These were also done tonight with fresh farmer’s market beans so we will see how they taste in a few weeks!

WOW! Not counting the jam that’s 103 jars! That is a lot of canning. No wonder I’m having a hard time finding somewhere to store it.

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4 thoughts on “2010 (so far) Canning recap…

  1. Would you be willing to share that very very yummy looking peach salsa recipe? I have 40 lbs of peaches (yikes!) and was hoping to make some salsa, However; I've don't know anyone else that makes peach salsa so I don't have a great recipe!

  2. Phew! I'm looking forward to the fall when all this canning will be done 🙂 It was 50 lbs of tomatoes for the ketchup… any other canning plans? I put up some pickles today.

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