294. That is my “unofficial” jar count for the 2011 growing season. I say unofficial because sometimes I gift a jar (or two) before I remember to write down how much a recipe yielded; other times, I just forget all together.
This year’s number is slightly less than what I had anticipated, but then I remembered I did not put up beans (thank you cucumber beetles) or whole tomatoes (due to having quite a bit left over from 2010). Had I not cooked-down most of my tomatoes into sauce, and had not fought the worst bug battle to date, I’m sure my jar count would have surpassed 2010′s unofficial count of 342!
Here is a glimpse into my just-off-the-kitchen, perfectly polished, meticulously arranged, and precisely labeled dry storage/canning pantry. In my dream home it would be an entire room!!!
What you don’t see is my upstairs closet packed pull of the remaining jars! I couldn’t get a decent picture, so just imagine 19 dozen more jars neatly packed into ball half boxes, all labeled and dated! Yeah, you could say I’m a little neurotic.
And encase you were wondering what delectable goodies fill those jars in waiting, I’ve got the rundown of what went into last year’s canner.
SAUCES & CONDIMENTS: vanilla maple & plain applesauce, spicy & plain pasta sauce, ketchup, and bbq sauce.
SOUPS & STOCKS: tomato-garlic, 10 bean, split pea, vegetable stock
JAMS, JELLIES & MARMALADES: strawberry-rhubarb jam, clementine marmalade, grape jelly, quince jam, love apple jelly, tropical peach jam, tomato jam, malibu peach jam, corncob jelly, vanilla-pear jam, raspberry-apricot jam, raspberry jam, cherry-vanilla jam, yellow tomato jam, apricot jam, white grape peach tea jam, and strawberry-blueberry-rhubarb jam.
CHUTNEYS & FRUIT BUTTERS: vanilla bean peach butter, quince-apple chutney, peach-apple butter, rhubarb chutney, and spring conserves.
PICKLED: chard stems, radishes, and dilly scapes.
SALSAS & TOMATOES: tomato salsa, peach salsa, summer salsa, stewed tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, and tomatillo salsa.
FRUITS & VEGETABLES: carrots, roasted eggplant (it’s almost pickled), beets, and peaches.
Yep, I think that covers just about everything! I may revisit this post (at another time) to link the recipes.
After skimming over all of those tasty titles, you may have noticed that a large number of them have yet to make it onto the blog. Lets just say I’ve got plenty of future posts at the ready! Who knows, maybe this will be the year I finally catch up… but I wouldn’t bet the farm!
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