It's been another busy week here on the farm. While things are slowing down a bit out in the field, things are heating up, literally, in the kitchen. We have been busy working through our annual canning and freezing list to make sure our freezers are stocked for winter and that we can enjoy the fruits of our labor all winter long.
Canning and freezing are really important to our family. My mom canned and froze tons of food for our large family all summer long and the flavor of home-canned salsas, sauces, beans and frozen peas, corn, broccoli, and peppers is unmatched from their store bought counterparts. Aside from it being a family tradition, it feels good to be self-reliant as far as our food is concerned. We also love the reduced environmental impact in the form of reduced food packaging and reducing the number of miles our food travels before winding up on our table.
This past week we canned 12 pints of my signature pizza sauce and I'm hoping to make another 12-24 pints before the end of the season as well as 25 quarts of pears. This is added to 50 pints of canned green beans, 36 pints of diced tomatoes, 9 pints of chicken stock, 50 packages of frozen peas, 24 packages of frozen broccoli, and 20 packages of frozen corn.
What are you canning and freezing this season?