Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Canning To-Do List

People make lists for all different kinds of reasons; the biggest one for me- so that I don't forget to do things. But now I'm interested in the 'power of positive thinking' variety of list, like a bucket list. If you don't write it down, it might never happen. Do you think that's true? Should I make a list of concrete dreams, for fear of them never coming true if I don't? Scary stuff. (List item #1: Own a house with a pool!)

We can at least see if it's true on a smaller scale. The produce season is becoming woefully short in Maine. Like Karen oven at Mignardise so succinctly put it: this time of year the Farmers' Market induces panic and trepidation that your favorite fruits and vegetables might not make another appearance at this week's market. So we'd better put this down in no uncertian terms to ensure that I get a chance to can everything I want this summer.

High Priority:
1) Sauerkraut
2) Tomatoes
3) Peach Champagne Jam
4) Pickled Peppers

Lower Priority:
1) Blackberry jam
2) Peaches in syrup
3) More Dilly Beans
4) Applesauce
5) Pickled beets

Quite the list, huh? We'll see if this helps. What do you feel the pressing need to can before cold temps descend on our lovely gardens? And do you can tomatoes? Do you feel it's worth it when good canned tomatoes are so inexpensive? My boyfriend says no, but I feel it's worth it for the local reason... Discuss?


  1. peach champagne jam? aka BELLINI JAM?! yum.

  2. YES! I saw it from Stonewall Kitchens and thought, psshh, I can do that!

  3. I've been going through an internal debate re:canning tomatoes and think I'm leaning toward canning. Although, I don't have quart jars, and I'm not sure whole tomatoes will fit into my pint jars, so I've been thinking quartered tomatoes or ketchup. Or I might try tomato sauce even though the tested canning recipes aren't super enticing.

    I've had really good luck in the past with making roasted tomato sauce and freezing it. That was absolutely better than store bought canned tomatoes (more convenient and tastier).

  4. Yes I think canning your own home grown tomatoes is not a waste. Otherwise, they are just going to get thrown away and plus you know what soil they were grown on!

  5. I guess I should clarify that I mean, if you have to BUY the tomatoes.