Canning Waits for No Man – or Woman, for that Matter

It’s a school night.

And it’s raining.

But the garden doesn’t care.

We had pickles, jalapenos, and tomatoes ready to be canned.


So canning we did!

11 quarts of pickles, 1 1/2 quarts of jalapenos, and 7 quarts of diced tomatoes.

It’s that time of year. And it’s just starting here…….

Are you canning now? What are you putting up?

9 Responses to “Canning Waits for No Man – or Woman, for that Matter”

  1. CeeCee says:

    Nope, no canning here. All I have is two tomato plants and we gobble up every single one. I think canning outdoors is genius. Growing up, our kitchen would get so hot and vinegary (is that a word?) when my parents would can. It’s also a boat load of work just getting ready to can.
    Glad y’all got so much put up. I suspect you aren’t done for the summer!

  2. Teresa says:

    Gosh, you’re canning already? We don’t usually can tomatoes until late August or early September. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re in the mid-west or if it’s because we usually go on vacation in July and hubby plans the planting so that things will ripen later.

    We hadn’t canned jalapeños in a few years but we might be doing that this year.

    I think we’ll be able to can pickles in another week or so, and we’ve been freezing green beans.

  3. Teresa says:

    p.s. I love your canning set up! We do it in the kitchen and it heats and steams up the whole house.

  4. Susan says:

    Canning outdoors is so much better, isn’t it? I can on my porch in the summertime, but I’ve not done any nor will do any canning this year. Too many other things and the only thing I have left growing in the garden is tomatoes and cucumbers. And some hot peppers but they probably won’t do anything till the early fall. I’m using fresh in cooking this year since there is so little, but also freezing tomato sauce for winter dishes.

    Your set up is great!

    School night?

  5. Charlotte says:

    Love your set up for canning. Only canning I’ve got to do this year is make jalapeno jelly.
    Did get to dry a few things for making stew this winter, celery, onions, carrots and peas. Am hoping our melons do good so we can dry chips for snacks.

  6. basicliving says:

    CeeCee – I know what you mean! I ruined my electric stove a couple of years using the heavy pressure canners. We decided to move the operation outside at that point. We’ll be working on converting the old turkey barn into a canning equipment storage/canning kitchen area. I can’t wait! I’m so glad you’re getting rain enough this year to plant some veggie plants. I know you are, too!

    Theresa – we had such a mild spring that the tomatoes are in a bit early, even for us, this year. But we are usually canning pickles by mid June, and for some reason, those are later this year. It sounds like you’ll be busy with your canning soon!

    Susan – y’all have had a brutal summer, haven’t you? I’m glad at least enough of your garden survived so that you can enjoy some fresh veggies. This weekend we plan to start working on converting the old turkey coop into a canning kitchen – I can’t wait! it will be nice to have a permanent structure to use. Oh, and “school night” is what I call a work night 🙂

    Charlotte – I love jalapeno jelly! I bet yours came out wonderfully. You always have such a nice supply of dried veggies to get you through the winter. Such a good idea. I hope you get plenty of watermelon this year!

  7. cathy says:

    i’m done for the year. the drought ruined my garden so i went and loaded up at the amish community and canned it all in a week. i do wish i could can outside. my pressure cooker suggests i not do that but it’s soooo tempting to do it anyway 🙂 nice setup!

  8. basicliving says:

    Cathy – I’m so sorry the drought got your garden. It’s sad that so many across the nation are suffering from drought. You were smart to buy veggies and can though! We have an old propane kitchen stove that was given to us a few years ago and the plan is to put that in the canning kitchen we’re building so I can pressure can outside without too much worry. I much prefer canning outside! I hope you get relief from the drought soon.

  9. Carolyn says:

    I love your outdoor canning set-up. I think everyone who cans on a regular basis needs an outdoor kitchen. Me too! It’s definitely better than heating up the kitchen. We just finished making up icicle pickles. Good idea, bad time of year to do it. Oh well, those pickles will be worth it!

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