Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sunday Canning

It seems to be I do my canning on Sundays and this past one was no exception.  I bought some lovely peaches at the grocery store for 99¢ a pound, a nice big bag full.  I also had some canned goods in the pantry that had been marked down due to dented cans and they needed to be dealt with along with the tomato juice left over from making salsa from canned tomatoes bought on sale.
This is 14 half pints of peaches and 6 half pints of pineapple.  I use half pints because there is only me here and it's a good size for eating right out of the jar.  The peaches I scalded, peeled and pitted then sliced into a bowl.  I usually add citric acid but was out so I used the juice of 3 lemons along with spoonfuls of sugar (whatever looked right, then I added more before canning as they needed it after tasting them).  Then I stirred them up so all the fruit was coated and covered to sit overnight in the fridge.  They made their own juice and just the perfect amount.

The pineapple was from dented cans that were marked down so I cut the rings into chunks and canned them in their own juice.  6 half pints.
The 4 pints and 1 half pint in the front of this photo came from dented canned of mixed fruit, mandarin oranges, a bit of leftover pineapple and some maraschino cherries I had in the fridge, canned in the mixed juices.  This was the last half pint jar so I had to switch to pints.

On the left are 2 quarts and 1 pint of organic beef broth, I bought 2 cartons at $1 each and it was past the sell by date, figured it was safer to can it that hope it survived in the carton.  The quart in the center back is pineapple juice from a carton, one that was past its date and was about to be tossed out at work.

The 3 quarts on the right are tomato juice mixed with some veggie and beet juice I had in the freezer.  These will be good for soups either hot or maybe some cool gazpacho.

Check your grocery store, Big Lots, etc. for marked down cans of  fruit and juices, dented cans are ok if you use them soon and sell by dates don't mean the food is bad.  I'm going to a store this weekend that stocks just this kind of item and this week's special is Jimmy Dean sausage, 1 lb rolls, 4 for $5.  I intend to put some in the freezer until I can get more wide mouth jars to can some.

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2 comments:

Suztats said...

You've had a busy Sunday, but your efforts will be enjoyed later.

April's Homemaking said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. :) Your canning looks beautiful, this is something I would really love to get started with. Your embroidery work is also really great to look at, I love embroidery but only know a handful of stitches, I think I need to pick up a book and get started learning more stitches. :)

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