Preserving. I'm still in the midst of it. Canning, freezing, drying. Even though I may sigh when I look at the laundry basket of fresh goods, I know I will be so thankful in January. There's nothing like feeding your family home grown. The only problem...we've run out of space...as you can see below. I think once I'm done, I'll have over 150 jars of home canned fruits, jams, sauces and vegetables. I am in the process of re-arranging and creating sort of home canned haven in the basement. Any hints or ideas to share?
A basement lined with home canned foods brings back memories of my grandmother's house. Their basement was lined with home canned produce that my grandfather grew and my grandmother canned. I remember being asked to go pick out a jar of pickles for dinner. Or pick out a jar of cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner. I'd walk down the uneven cement stairs, holding on tightly to the railing, walk along the balance beam planks (for their basement had water issues) and I'd select a jar from a whole room lined with shelves of filled canning jars. I'd be right there as she popped the lid, ready for a sample. And it always tasted oh so good.
I've got quite the helper...not only helping me preserve while daddy's at work, but also arranging and rearranging for me. I'm so thankful for this life I live!