I started canning a couple of years ago, but this was the summer that I bought a giant pressure canner and the canvolution really got started. (I highly recommend these for any of you canners out there, even for water bath canning the size makes it easy to do a reasonable size batch, and you can expand your repertoire exponentially).
One of the main reasons I like to can is so that I can preserve the food in season. Its such a pleasure to have asparagus in November. Because I’m trying to keep good summer veggies around for the dark days of winter I try not to eat the canned goods during the months of bounty… so, now that winter is here, I have a massive amount of food I need to eat! I foist some of it off on friends (everyone seems to like the strawbery jam and peaches in brandy so I’m running low on those!).
I signed up to participate in this “can jam” for which the challenge is to can an appointed food of the month from january to december of 2010 — I’ll be sharing the outcome of these monthly experiments with you starting soon. Meantime, I need to free up some jars so I can refill them! Unfortunately my cat doesn’t actually eat sun dried tomatoes, though I think Jiji would like some of the tuna when its ready to consume — anyway, she did seem pretty interested in today’s display!