Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday Musings

I know that it is far from harvest time. But I got to use my pressure canner yesterday for the first time. I made 7 quarts of turkey soup. Turkey, carrots, celery, onion, pepper and stock. Today I used the rest of the stock to can up 4 pints of stock.I just wanted to share how they looked. And it does taste yummy!

I also noticed that I have sprouts. Remember that I told you that I put seeds into sow. Well, the peas have already sprouted. Woo Hoo! 8 of the 9 seeds for both varieties have popped up.
Ok, lets see what else happened. I got an email from the local freecycle and it said that the remains from an estate sale was free for the taking and that there was canning jars. I ran and got them. They are full of dirt and still in the back of my car. I didn't even count them. LOL! I just grabbed and left.
Then I went over to the Joann's that was in that neighborhood. I got almost 6 yards of material at 70% off and I got 3 pattern sets. 2 of them are just aprons, the other one is all kinds of kitchen items. I love when everything is on sale.
The fish fry went really well. We sold 80 dinners. Yeah! Next week should be 120 dinners, considering that it will be the first Friday after the start of lent. I was going to bow out but they are really going to need my help. I hope I don't have to take the little monsters. If I do I do, that is kewl.
Teenage monster is healing nicely. Thank you for all of your concerns. She is happy that she doesn't have to do much around the house. It is like a vacation. LOL!

I let DH in on a secret. I told him that now that the pressure canner no longer scares me. I will be cleaning out the freezer and canning everything that will fit into the jars. I will be busy for quite awhile as we have 2 chest freezers. Right now as I type, I have some chicken that was a little freezer burned in the pot with veggies making stock / soup. I have used slightly freezer burned meat before to make soups with. I don't find that there is much of a difference. So something that would normally would be trash now has a whole new life as sustanance for my family.
I think that I am addicted to canning. In the fall when I did all the water bath canning it was fun and I looked forward to the next item. But those individual items wouldn't keep us for long. But the pressure canning, I am searching for ideas. I have a whole list. I posted it not to long ago. Now I have added things to it. I'm having a blast doing this. It is a lot of work. But I love it. I really wish I would have started doing this years ago. Even though I think by doing it now I have a greater appreacition for it. So I figure until I run out of jars I will be PC'ing something everyday.

Gotta run and check the soup,