Canning Food

@RubyHawk (30532)
Atlanta, Georgia
June 25, 2016 1:41pm CST
It's another hot day in Georgia, but nothing unexpected for this time of year. It's cool enough in the apartment with the air conditioning on. I went out on the deck talking to my sister on the phone and turned on the over head fan, so it wasn't too uncomfortable. My sister was gathering her garden produce while we talked. She had picked black berries early this morning and will be canning them and making cucumber, squash, onion pickles all afternoon. She lives on a tall hill with a mountain on each side of her so she said it wasn't terribly hot up there. It's only herself and her husband but she will be canning vegetables and fruit all summer. She gives to her children and neighbors. I like gardening and putting up food but I don't begrudge her all that work. How many of you are putting up food this year?
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• United States
25 Jun 16
I never canned food before. Is it time consuming?
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Jun 16
I would say so, you must pick your veggies or fruit, prepare it for canning, which is time consuming, fill your jars and cook in a pressure cooker. You feel good when you see all your jars in a line ready to eat.
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• United States
25 Jun 16
@RubyHawk that does sound time consuming but if you have a large yard or something it'd be a good way and also to give as gifts sale or to eat :)
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Jun 16
@infatuatedbby Canned foods are great for birthday and Christmas gifts.
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@Teep11 (7280)
• United States
25 Jun 16
A lot of people are canning these days. In a few years that may be exactly what we need.Things are forever changing and having our own vegetables and fruit in our backyards may be needed not only for freshness but health wise.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Jun 16
You know exactly what you're getting when you grow and put up your own food. it is the healthiest.
@JudyEv (141260)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jun 16
My Mum used to can a lot of fruit each year. In Australia it's called bottling. I like the way we have different names for the same stuff.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Jun 16
It is interesting, I like hearing all the different names.
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 16
@RubyHawk @JudyEv We call it bottling to because the stuff is put into big glass jars.
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@JudyEv (141260)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jun 16
@jaboUK @RubyHawk When I first came across 'canning' in a novel I thought it meant some sort of tin receptacle.
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• United States
26 Jun 16
been meltin' hot here's well, ms. ruby. i'd great hopes'f puttin' some strawberries to good use, but fear the grasshoppers've decided otherwise...dang 'em. 's fer the rest? they aint nowhere near producin' fer some reason? i'm sittin' here droolin' o'er the prospects'f some blackberry jam! sigh... i preserve's much's i can, miss the bumper crops we used to've. shame the food banks 'n shelters'll not take such goods.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
I believe our food banks take any food offered, I'm not sure but my son and daughter in law used to volunteer at one here and I think they were thankful for anything. They also provided clothing.
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• United States
27 Jun 16
@RubyHawk seems the southern states're that way (they do the same'n tennessee) - but here, they'll not take home canned/preserved foods. they fear they've not been put'p proper 'n might make someone ill :(
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
@crazyhorseladycx I suppose that could happen, although if a jar is sealed tight, how could it be spoiled?
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 16
I've never done anything like that in my life. My mother and grandmother used to do it, but I don't have many domestic talents.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
Growing vegetables doesn't take much talent. Just enrich your soil and put your seed or plants in the ground, then hoe the rows when the soil gets compacted and weeds sprout..
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
27 Jun 16
@RubyHawk I was referring more to the canning part. I know I could grow them if I wanted to - i just prefer flowers.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
@jaboUK I like flowers too, I always had flowers when I lived in a house.
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@CRK109 (14381)
• United States
27 Jun 16
I used to do a lot of that when I had my house in CT. My best friend would come by and we would can and make jams all day. It was so much fun.. I miss it these days. But what great memories!
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
Nothing is better than good memories. I didn't have much help and it was work, but I enjoyed the end product.
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@CRK109 (14381)
• United States
28 Jun 16
@RubyHawk Yes, the end results were great. Lots of people enjoyed the "fruits of our labors". lol
@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
27 Jun 16
My mother used to do it but I have only done it once and it is just too much work.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
Canning is a lot of work, but it saves on your grocery bill.
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@BelleStarr (40244)
• United States
27 Jun 16
@RubyHawk I guess I figure my time is too valuable!! lol
@DianneN (91441)
• United States
26 Jun 16
I tried it once years ago. To me, it wasn't worth all that work! We prefer fresh fruits and vegetables these days.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
When picking food from your garden, you know it doesn't have any insecticides or bad chemicals and it lowers your grocery bill.
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@DianneN (91441)
• United States
27 Jun 16
@RubyHawk Unfortunately, the deer loved organic vegetables, too!
@PainsOnSlate (20828)
• Canada
26 Jun 16
My mother did a lot of canning and my dad canned tomatoes every summer. I don't do that, didn't do that when we were young either. I did make pickles and I did make jellies and jams, all to use at home and used for home made gifts. Now we have a small garden and we eat what ever is ready.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
That's good, you have fresh foods through the fall. I remember I once had cucumber pickles that didn't turn out well, I dumped then in our garden spot and we had cucumbers come up the next spring. I transplanted them into a row and they grew very nice cucumbers.
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• Canada
2 Jul 16
@RubyHawk I made pickles one that we threw away too. So disappointing. But it ended well for you if you got good chucks the next year.
• Preston, England
26 Jun 16
@RubyHawk all my food is shop bought
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
So is mine, I don't have a choice living in an apartment..
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@sofssu (18090)
26 Jun 16
I love makes pickles and such.. I love giving them as gifts.. though it does mean some hard work.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jun 16
Preparing food for canning is a lot of work, but it was worth it to me. I loved gardening and saving on our grocery bill.
@Susan2015 (22170)
• United States
25 Jun 16
We don't have a garden. It's great that she can can all of that.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Jun 16
It is , she loves growing food and putting it up.
@Lucky15 (33669)
• Philippines
25 Jun 16
I should.learn to do.this, when.some.veggies are cheap for future use ;)
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Jun 16
That's exactly right, if the price is right.
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@AutumnSnow (4582)
25 Jun 16
we recently moved into an apartment due to a situation we couldnt control. That's one thing I miss is my garden I can't wait till we get our finances and credit score straighten up so we can get back into a house again. Hopefully we will be in about a year.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Jun 16
We live in an apartment, too. I love the convenience, but I miss my garden. Hope you get back in a house soon, if that's what you want. I wouldn't want all the upkeep and taxes. I like calling maintenance when we have any problem.
@amadeo (78301)
• United States
25 Jun 16
are you doing this all ready?
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@1hopefulman (34796)
• Canada
25 Jun 16
I only have a small balcony and have planted some tomatoes and wild edibles and some spices. But I hope one day in the future paradise I will have a big garden and grow my own food all year long.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Jun 16
I hope you do, I enjoyed gardening, but in an apartment you have too little room.Our deck is too shady to grow a tomato or pepper.
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@Corbin5 (122551)
• United States
25 Jun 16
I have never put up food. My mother did not either. I think it would be fun to give it a try one day.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Jun 16
you really should if you have the outdoor space, Your own home grown food tastes so much better. If you've never tasted a home grown tomato, you don't know what a tomato should taste like. I buy them from the grocer for my better half but they taste like pasteboard to me.
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@marlina (80526)
• Canada
25 Jun 16
I don't can at all. Too lazy for that. My Mom used to and she made wonderful jams, jellies and relishes.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Jun 16
I used to do all of it, but I might be too lazy now. It is work.
@miniam (9228)
• Bern, Switzerland
27 Jun 16
I love pickels but l dont do any canning,my workmate cans quite alot as she has a big garden so l do get alot of freebies each time.