Monday, September 5, 2011

Canning Marathon

I'm not kidding.  This was a marathon.  I started at 9 in the morning and ended at about 12 at night.  A couple puppy play session breaks and one for lunch but that was it.  First came the salsa, salsa, and more salsa.  I made a roasted tomato garlic salsa last year and the jars did NOT last long at all.  I remember thinking I should plant more tomatoes for this year.  Well that's how we ended up with this harvest.  

Among the other veggies we ended up with over 25 pounds of tomatoes and plenty of jalapenos to accommodate all the batches I was destined to make.  So I started roasting tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic and onions.  Enough to make 7 batches of salsa.  I even had to break out the largest stockpot in my kitchen.  

When all the steam from my water bath had cleared I was left with 11 pints of roasted garlic salsa.  I'm hoping it will be enough to last us through football season.  GO BEARS!

So after a brief puppy play session up next on the canning schedule was a recipe I've been wanting to try since I found it last year for Strawberry Jalapeno jam.  I have so many jalapenos I needed something to do with them and the recipe said I could use frozen berries.  Plus after all those hours making salsa what's one more to make some jam.  I was already set up and everything. 

So a little more mashing and boiling and we came up with 11 half pints  of jam.  I have yet to try one but its supposed to be like strawberry jam with a kick.  Where were the dogs this whole time?  Well Mr. Biscuit was alternating from laying on the kitchen floor

to harassing Sadie in the bedroom.  

I still can't believe I did all that in one day.  Here's what our shelves look like now.

Have you been squirreling away anything from the summer harvest?  

Can on!


  1. Do you believe in sharing your recipes. Would love to try both of them!

  2. Wow! I think you are the champion of canning.. but what a great way to use all of those lovely vegetables! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  3. Yum, but I am exhausted looking at those pictures. :) A lot of work I am sure but so worth it too. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful