In Colombia we don't do home canning. Stuff is available all year round and we eat whatever fruit is in season. We freeze and smoke and of course buy canned foods but no home canning.
It was one of those fascinations I had but never had been brave enough to try it. DH plants a garden every year, with just the two of us there is always a lot of waste. About a week ago he came in with a load of tomatoes and I said: Oh dear! I wish I could save those.......20 minutes later he came in with a pressure cooker-canner from the shed! Now what?!
I knew I needed jars, and maybe salt and..... the instructions. My faithful Better Homes and Gardens recipe book and a call to the Presto 800 number did the trick.
So far I have:
30 lbs of tomatoes
Chili sauce (a lot of that)
1 bushel of peaches
6 lbs of apples
3 lbs of pears
There are still more tomatoes in the garden and bunch of three different kinds of squash.......I am sure he is totally convinced he has created a monster!
I wonder if there is anything else around here I could possibly can?