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Friday, July 9, 2010

Canning, we finally got rain

We finally got a good rain today. It rained some last night and a steady rain most of today. I'm sure this will make the garden grow. And the weeds as well. My new little beans really appreciated the rain. This should also make the late beets sprout as well as the melons that I planted late. Most of all I can appreciate the cooler temps. We had highs in the low 80's today, so nice to be out.
I managed to get some canning done as well. I had 10 lb of pinto beans soaked and got those canned up. I had 13 quarts and 11 pints when finished. Also finished up the blackberry syrup (6 pints and 3 half pints) to use for bedtime drinks in winter. I transferred my kraut that I had made from the red cabbage and got that in jars to store. It is rather tasty with the addition of caraway seed added to the cabbage before it was set to ferment. After supper we made 9 quarts of bread and butter pickles. Then 1 quart of whole baby dills. I had9 half pints of chopped dills to use in things that need chopped dill pickle. Just a convenience thing for me I guess.
I received my beer making kit in the mail today. This is gonna be fun. We got it set up to make a batch of beer. We should be able to enjoy this lil treat around labor day. I also got my wine making supplies today. Now this is something I am looking forward to. I am going to try to get some wine started tomorrow. Kinda excited about learning something new.



All the canned stuff should be ready to clean up and put in the cellar tomorrow and clear off my counter in the summer kitchen. So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.

Stella

3 comments:

small farm girl said...

Yes! Finally some cooler weather!!!! My garden is happy too about the rain. lol. Your jars look like they could be a work of art. Well, I guess they kind of are. Don't forget to post some pictures of the beer and wine making process. I think that would be interesting. lol

IowaSue said...

This is looking good, girl!

stella said...

Hi ya'll and thanks. It is a lot of work canning and gardening.
Dang we started the beer brewing last evening an I didnt take any pics. It is a beer making kit and the kit came complete with the wurt and yeast and all, one of those jus add water deals. But once ya learn the basics with a kit you can then make ya own from your own ingredients. I will post on how it turns out. The wine I havent got started yet. I just got the equipment at this point. Now if I can con hubby into helping pick more berries, I will start a big batch of wine soon.