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The Garden Is Planned ~ Now How About Canning?

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  • The Garden Is Planned ~ Now How About Canning?

    I have my garden all planned, got the soil prepared (decided on steer manure compost) and got the seeds started.

    I am putting in a very large garden this year and would like to can and freeze some of my yield.

    What is the best produce to can? What is the best produce to freeze?

    Any ideas would be appreciated

    ETA ~ I have never canned before so my MIL is going to show me how to do it correctly so I don't kill anyone
    RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
    May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
    RIP San Lena Peppy
    May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

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    Tomatoes.....can or dry
    Beans....can or blanche and freeze
    Squash/pumpkin....can
    Strawberries, berries....freeze
    Peaches, apricots, cherries...can (you can find some awesome recipes for things like pickled fruits) or freeze (can also be dried)
    Corn...I prefer blanched and frozen but you can can
    Spinach...blanche/freeze
    Asparagus.....can

    What else are you growing?
    Colored Cowhorse Ranch
    www.coloredcowhorseranch.com
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    • #3
      I've never canned before either and I bought the book "Canning for Dummies." It seems nicely laid out. I got mine off of Amazon.

      I have blanched and frozen veggies before. We also want to explore drying especially as backpacking rations.

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        #4
        I bought a book yesterday about canning from the Ball company (the ones that make the jars).

        I am also interested in drying the herbs that I am growing to use in the winter.
        RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
        May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
        RIP San Lena Peppy
        May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

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        • #5
          I am going to can the crap out of some green beans! We didn't get any last year due to a very late start and I was really bummed! I *love* me some canned green beans and its not hard to do once you have done it once. We also can tomatoes, potatoes, and I tried to make dill pickles last year too but they were gross. I am excited to plant either tonight or tomorrow. Ill be planting green beans, peas, sugar snap peas, carrots and maybe broccoli for now.
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            #6
            Originally posted by coloredcowhorse View Post
            Tomatoes.....can or dry
            Beans....can or blanche and freeze
            Squash/pumpkin....can
            Strawberries, berries....freeze
            Peaches, apricots, cherries...can (you can find some awesome recipes for things like pickled fruits) or freeze (can also be dried)
            Corn...I prefer blanched and frozen but you can can
            Spinach...blanche/freeze
            Asparagus.....can

            What else are you growing?
            Tomatoes
            Potatoes
            Yellow & Red Onions
            Peppers
            Lettuce
            Beans
            Peas
            Eggplant
            Squash
            Zucchini
            Cucumbers
            Maybe corn
            Broccolli
            Garlic
            Spinach

            Dill
            Oregano
            Rosemary
            Thyme
            Parsley flat & Italian
            Basil
            Chives

            Blueberries
            Grapes
            Apples (for the horses)
            RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
            May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
            RIP San Lena Peppy
            May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Daydream Believer View Post
              We also want to explore drying especially as backpacking rations.
              I'm doing this right now with store-bought frozen veg-- have peas in the dehydrator at the moment, then carrots will go in. Evidently corn, peas, carrots, and dried, cooked, then redried beans rehydrate well. Limas and green beans don't. Broccoli is kind of iffy. BF is on the AT for the summer-- guess who gets to send him frequent food drops?

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              • #8
                tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes are also good frozen then chucked into sauce.

                herb drying is pretty easy: tie into small bunches and hang in an airy location, putting a paper bag over it keeps the dust off, like a small sandwich bag...
                Originally posted by BigMama1
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Alagirl View Post
                  tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes are also good frozen then chucked into sauce.

                  herb drying is pretty easy: tie into small bunches and hang in an airy location, putting a paper bag over it keeps the dust off, like a small sandwich bag...
                  I tried to keep the perennial herbs over the winter but they died. Can I use the herbs fresh all summer and then dry what is left of them in the fall or do I need to dry them at the peak of summer?

                  I am thinking of canning the tomatoes with the herbs together for a marinara sauce.
                  RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
                  May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
                  RIP San Lena Peppy
                  May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

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                  • #10
                    Grew up on a farm with a 5 acre garden. We froze EVERYTHING then opened it up to the community.

                    I can shuck corn and shell peas faster than anyone!! Thank God I don't have to any longer!
                    "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"

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                    • #11
                      I have a tiny garden, but I get enough to do some ice pickles and green tomatoes and onions. This year I may add red sauce but I hate regular maters (sun dried, cooked or sundried is fine, raw and red is untouchable... so I was really happy when the only maters I got out of my garden were end of season green maters). I also blanch and freeze zucchini and yellow squash when I am sick of eating it.
                      Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                      • #12
                        Dry the herbs at their peak, before flowering. If you keep most herbs trimmed they won't flower. As you trim them, use what you need, dry the rest. At the end of the summer you should have a nice bunch put up. Let some of the dill go to seed and collect the seed for the following year or let it self-seed.

                        Invite a few friends who also garden and have a canning party. Makes it more fun. 'Cause peeling tomatoes in the heat of summer next to boiling pots of water just the ticket.

                        ET
                        “You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” - Wayne Gretsky

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                        • #13
                          Oh and canned green beans with dill and garlic are to die for!
                          “You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” - Wayne Gretsky

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                          • #14
                            There is a great book called "Putting Food By" that is all about canning and preserving food. The author (I think) is Janet Greene. My neighbor let me borrow it and I plan to buy my own copy. Its a keeper.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dad Said Not To View Post
                              I'm doing this right now with store-bought frozen veg-- have peas in the dehydrator at the moment, then carrots will go in. Evidently corn, peas, carrots, and dried, cooked, then redried beans rehydrate well. Limas and green beans don't. Broccoli is kind of iffy. BF is on the AT for the summer-- guess who gets to send him frequent food drops?
                              Your BF is lucky! Is he thru hiking?

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                              • #16
                                I have a great, easy refigerator pickle recipe I will send if you want. They keep at least 6 months, so they make great holiday gifts. I freeze tomatoes as well as can them. If you have a zucchinni bread recipe you like, you can grate and freeze the quantity needed for teh recipe in small bags. I always freeze my corn. I put up 32 qts last year. You can string and dry jalapenos. For onions, save old panty hose and drop an onion in teh toe, tie a knot and repeat all the way up both legs, then hang in a cool dry place.
                                Originally posted by The Saddle
                                Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Daydream Believer View Post
                                  Your BF is lucky! Is he thru hiking?
                                  Yes, he is. I dropped him off at Springer a month ago today, and he should be in Bakersville, NC tomorrow-- I should be meeting him at Katahdin in about 4-5 months. He wanted me to go with him-- I managed to convince him that that wouldn't be good for the relationship.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Dad Said Not To View Post
                                    Yes, he is. I dropped him off at Springer a month ago today, and he should be in Bakersville, NC tomorrow-- I should be meeting him at Katahdin in about 4-5 months. He wanted me to go with him-- I managed to convince him that that wouldn't be good for the relationship.
                                    I'd give my left arm to thru hike! Just who would take care of my farm and critters for 5 months...UGH...not anytime soon for me.

                                    I wish him luck. Does he have a trailjournal? What is is trail name? I hang out on Whiteblaze and often folks mention who they see and where they are.

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                                    • #19
                                      If you like Tex Mex try 1 or 2 tomatillo plants cilantro and a wide variety of peppers.

                                      However with gardening it is very easy to start all gung ho and get overwhelmed,

                                      One of my favorite resources
                                      http://www.gardensalive.com/default.asp?sid=100842
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                                      • #20
                                        I don't particularly enjoy the stress of canning. I do like freezing though. Here is a list of what I put up:

                                        Sweet Pickles
                                        Dill Pickles
                                        Canned Tomatoes (every other year)
                                        Frozen Tomato Sauce
                                        Green Beans (blanch 3 min and freeze)
                                        Peas (blanch 3 min and freeze)
                                        Carrots (blanch 3 min and freeze)
                                        Sweet Corn (I cook 6 ears, eat half, freeze half)

                                        Things I don't bother with anymore:
                                        Summer Squash ~ Frozen=yuck
                                        Brocolli ~ I just don't use it
                                        Anything that involves the pressure cooker

                                        The blueberries I would freeze. The apples I would dry.

                                        Our neighbors can a nice pepper and onion in tomato sauce mixture that I blend and use in my sauce sometimes.
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