CANNING DAYS

The preservation efforts continue here on the urban homestead.  Like our pioneer predecessors would say  “make hay while the sun shines.” It’s preservation time!

More scrumptious strawberries

Homepreservation efforts continue

An afternoon’s worth of canning: figs, strawberries and peaches

Collection of scented herbs and roses drying for homemade herbal teas

A day’s harvest of beans from the garden.

Homegrown Anna apples waiting to be turned into apple butter

A peek inside the primary kitchen “food” cabinets here on the urban homestead, showing a weeks worth of preservation.

Cabinet contents: home preserved canned goods and “staple essentials” like organic sugar, flour, salt, vinegar, oil and pasta.   These three cabinets are the primary food storage cabinets in the urban homestead kitchen (besides the fridge/freezer which you can see the insides of here) – yep that’s it folks!  It’s all about basic essentials, free of too many pre-packaged goods.

Care to “say ahhh” and shout out your pantry, fridge, food cabinet contents?  More homegrow/local, less store bought the better!

Comments(28)

  1. Joy says:

    What recipes do you use for preserving fresh fruit? I’m always disappointed with thick syrupy, extra sweet canned fruit and was wondering if you canned yours some way that wasn’t quite so sweet?

    I’d love to know your recipes, so I can use it for my own little homestead.

    My canned pickles and tomatoes>

  2. Joy says:

    What recipes do you use for preserving fresh fruit? I’m always disappointed with thick syrupy, extra sweet canned fruit and was wondering if you canned yours some way that wasn’t quite so sweet?

    I’d love to know your recipes, so I can use it for my own little homestead.

    My canned pickles and tomatoes>

  3. Beth says:

    My preservation is underway too! I look forward to my pantry looking similar to yours! Just made 12 pints of dill pickles the other night! Whew!

    I wanted to ask you: How do you calculate how much produce you bring in a month? Do you have a scale of some sort? Is there one you would recommend?

    Thanks….

  4. Beth says:

    My preservation is underway too! I look forward to my pantry looking similar to yours! Just made 12 pints of dill pickles the other night! Whew!

    I wanted to ask you: How do you calculate how much produce you bring in a month? Do you have a scale of some sort? Is there one you would recommend?

    Thanks….

  5. Heather says:

    I cannot tell you what an inspiration you are to our family. We thought we were crazy when we decided we wanted to farm in the Big City. I am now studying how to can food

    Thank so much

  6. Heather says:

    I cannot tell you what an inspiration you are to our family. We thought we were crazy when we decided we wanted to farm in the Big City. I am now studying how to can food

    Thank so much

  7. Karen H. says:

    Your preserves are simply lovely! Will you can the green beans, or freeze them? I don’t have a pressure canner, and the last time I froze beans they turned out very poorly. I know there’s always pickled green beans as a possibility, but one can only eat so many pickles in a year…..Just wondering.

  8. Karen H. says:

    Your preserves are simply lovely! Will you can the green beans, or freeze them? I don’t have a pressure canner, and the last time I froze beans they turned out very poorly. I know there’s always pickled green beans as a possibility, but one can only eat so many pickles in a year…..Just wondering.

  9. CityGarden says:

    I have many figs and I only make jam with fruits. Do you have some recipe to make something else with figs?

  10. CityGarden says:

    I have many figs and I only make jam with fruits. Do you have some recipe to make something else with figs?

  11. connie in nm says:

    I am interested in preserving figs as well. We do not eat many jams. I did read about flash freezing them like blueberries, so did a couple of bags that way.

    I have also dried them in the past.

    I dried zuchinni chips the other night and they are pretty good for snacking.

    My goal is for my pantry to look like yours. I still buy more of our food than yours, but try to buy organic and buy few packaged foods. For example, I will buy organic broth, but not soup. I’ll make my own.

  12. connie in nm says:

    I am interested in preserving figs as well. We do not eat many jams. I did read about flash freezing them like blueberries, so did a couple of bags that way.

    I have also dried them in the past.

    I dried zuchinni chips the other night and they are pretty good for snacking.

    My goal is for my pantry to look like yours. I still buy more of our food than yours, but try to buy organic and buy few packaged foods. For example, I will buy organic broth, but not soup. I’ll make my own.

  13. Joanne Poyourow says:

    Anais, do those lovely cabinets latch well, to protect your glass-bottled harvest during earthquakes?

  14. Joanne Poyourow says:

    Anais, do those lovely cabinets latch well, to protect your glass-bottled harvest during earthquakes?

  15. Sue says:

    I came to your site wanting to brag about all the apples I put up today and you were in the middle of dealing with the summer’s bounty, too!

    Our apple tree is heavy with fruit this year and I’m putting them up as fast as I can, but I’m overwhelmed. It’s good feeling. This tree (the only one old enough to bear right now) hasn’t produced a single apple for the past two years and this year it went crazy!

  16. Sue says:

    I came to your site wanting to brag about all the apples I put up today and you were in the middle of dealing with the summer’s bounty, too!

    Our apple tree is heavy with fruit this year and I’m putting them up as fast as I can, but I’m overwhelmed. It’s good feeling. This tree (the only one old enough to bear right now) hasn’t produced a single apple for the past two years and this year it went crazy!

  17. Melissa says:

    wow, all those jars are something to be proud of. it’s great to see how the summer garden can contribute to your diet year round.

  18. Melissa says:

    wow, all those jars are something to be proud of. it’s great to see how the summer garden can contribute to your diet year round.

  19. Ellen Christian says:

    Wow I envy you. We’ve had a rotten year for gardening this season with all this rain.

  20. Ellen Christian says:

    Wow I envy you. We’ve had a rotten year for gardening this season with all this rain.

  21. KK says:

    I’m going full steam ahead with preserving and am giving it a go with canning for the first time. In the past, we’ve dried figs, and froze them, and we’ll freeze tomatoe sauces, etc…but we’re going to have to can our abundance this year, just not enough room in the freezer. Thanks to PTF inspiration and the insecure food future, our garden and the nieghborhood garden are teeming with abundance. We have just way too much of things coming in right now, and it looks like this whole month of August will produce even more. I’m drying apples and making apple sauce, drying summer squashes, making plum jams and canning it, and freezing green beans. I intend to do as much as I can to preserve our food supply for the lean winter months. Also, starting in on the Fall plantings of lettuce, peas, brassicas, etc…is coming soon…We’ll also have lots of winter squashes to harvest…those are great because of their long keeping qualities and nutritional density. You know, doing all this work is so rewarding and a lot of fun, too.Thank you PTF for having this site.

  22. KK says:

    I’m going full steam ahead with preserving and am giving it a go with canning for the first time. In the past, we’ve dried figs, and froze them, and we’ll freeze tomatoe sauces, etc…but we’re going to have to can our abundance this year, just not enough room in the freezer. Thanks to PTF inspiration and the insecure food future, our garden and the nieghborhood garden are teeming with abundance. We have just way too much of things coming in right now, and it looks like this whole month of August will produce even more. I’m drying apples and making apple sauce, drying summer squashes, making plum jams and canning it, and freezing green beans. I intend to do as much as I can to preserve our food supply for the lean winter months. Also, starting in on the Fall plantings of lettuce, peas, brassicas, etc…is coming soon…We’ll also have lots of winter squashes to harvest…those are great because of their long keeping qualities and nutritional density. You know, doing all this work is so rewarding and a lot of fun, too.Thank you PTF for having this site.

  23. Andrea says:

    We’ve hit a lull in our canning until our tomatoes start coming on. I’m so excited to get my food mill from Peddlar’s Wagon to make juice and various tomato sauces!

    While we’re “lulling”, I’ve decided to undertake another major project….potty training! Wish my darling daughter luck!

  24. Andrea says:

    We’ve hit a lull in our canning until our tomatoes start coming on. I’m so excited to get my food mill from Peddlar’s Wagon to make juice and various tomato sauces!

    While we’re “lulling”, I’ve decided to undertake another major project….potty training! Wish my darling daughter luck!

  25. Jan says:

    Hello there, your cabinets look wonderful all full!! We are just about to start our canning process but we have been freezing corn, greenbeans, and cabbage. I did get 10 jars of dill pickles canned before our plants dried up beyond help..
    Waiting on the apples to get ready….

  26. Jan says:

    Hello there, your cabinets look wonderful all full!! We are just about to start our canning process but we have been freezing corn, greenbeans, and cabbage. I did get 10 jars of dill pickles canned before our plants dried up beyond help..
    Waiting on the apples to get ready….

  27. kathy says:

    did you pressure can or hot water bath those beautiful green beans??????

  28. kathy says:

    did you pressure can or hot water bath those beautiful green beans??????

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