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Canning/freezer tally

September 24th, 2017 at 10:11 pm

I decided to start tallying what I've canned thus far. DH has a small garden and grows mostly tomatoes, bell peppers, green onions, and herbs. I've purchased green beans and fruits for jams and jellies. I make far more jams and jellies than I plan to eat since I give them as gifts. But this is the tally so far:

Green beans 28 quarts, 6 pints

Tomatoes 19 quarts, 3 pints

Tomato Juice 4 quarts, 6 pints, 2 half pints

Mixed berry jam 1 pint, 6 half pints

Tomato jam 4 half pints

Apple jelly 2 pints, 4 half pints

Strawberry preserves 6 half pints

Tomato Preserves 1 pint, 10 half pints

Applesauce 4 quarts, 3 pints

Spaghetti Sauce 3 quarts, 3 pints, 1 half pint

Grape Jelly 6 half pints

Apple juice 2 quarts

Sweet pickles 9 pints, 3 half pints

Beef broth 1 quart

If the tomatoes continue to come on, I will probably get a few more quarts. I still need to dry herbs for the winter. But all in all, not a bad total. A friend stopped by and I showed him the pantry and he was amazed. He knew I canned, but I guess he never realized that I actually had more than a jar or two of stuff. He said it must be wonderful to have all this in the pantry and not have to go to the grocery for so many things. In the past I have given him some items as well as his mom. Another friend really likes great tomato chow chow and I usually put up a couple of quarts to give him when the growing season is over and we have lots of green tomatoes.

I have about a half gallon of chopped bell peppers in the freezer as well. I will add to that total as more ripen. I also have a gallon bag of shredded zucchini in the freezer.

I have about a gallon of chicken broth in the freezer too.

I have actually made more jelly than I counted. I have given some away already. One person is very grateful and thanks me and thanks me. One couple wasn't as nice. They gave me a perfunctory thank you and then told me later that their grandkids ate it. It was like it wasn't good enough for them to try. Most are kind and return the jars and rings.

6 Responses to “Canning/freezer tally”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I haven't made jelly in a long time, but I'm going to do it this year for gifts. Hope I don't get the unfortunate response you did from that one couple! But perhaps they couldn't eat sweet things.

  2. snafu Says:

    Kudos, it's a lot of work to make up all the canned and frozen goodies. My mom used to buy round labels [pre PCs] printed 'from < M___'s> kitchen; jars returned are often lovingly replenished '

    We've enjoyed an amazing season of 'grape' tomatoes. I picked what I believe to be the last of the bounty earlier today and have tomato sauce underway in the crock pot with a plan to cook down for few freezer containers.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Snafu, bet your house smells heavenly with the tomato sauce underway.

    CB, the couple isn't diabetic and they eat sweets. I am careful about tempting people who shouldn't have stuff like that.

  4. Amber Says:

    I think it's awesome that you're able to grow and can most of your items. If I had a yard, I'd have a little garden of my own. πŸ…πŸŒΆπŸ₯’πŸ₯•

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I do realize that there are some people who don't like jams and jellies. If we share with someone who doesn't like J & J, I hope they give it to someone who does. (Just don't throw it away, please?)...Have you heard of canned/preserved goods swap meets? I might like to go to one some day, but haven't heard of one in my area.

  6. crazyliblady Says:

    I don't do canning, but I do do freezing. I have frozen at least 10 each bags of chopped or sliced onions and bell peppers, blanched and frozen carrots, and blanched and frozen tomatoes. I love being able to grow the stuff or buy from a local farmer in the summer, then freeze it for use in the winter. It helps me to make sure I am eating clean and less expensively. Produce gets expensive in the winter.

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