Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Jam and Beans

   We were planning to can some more pinto beans this weekend. Then we went to the produce stand where they had ten pounds of strawberries they were needing to unload for about half price.

   We ended up making strawberry jam -- filling the 26 half pint jars we had available, plus another six pint jars. The new food mill pretty much rocks and the chickens appreciated the strawberry pulp and tops. We're set for strawberry jam!

   We figured we could put 16 pint jars in the pressure canner, so we prepped 32 pints (two rounds) of pinto beans to can tomorrow.

   We also made a trip to Costco to stock up on a few things.

   The next bulk purchase will be from the butcher. I fear we may not have an abundance to can or freeze from the garden, but I plan to pick up stuff as needed from the produce stand and can as much local and organic produce as I can over the next couple months. It's going to be a race to get things in the pantry this season.

   I need to start seriously thinking about firewood, too...

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