Homemaking, Large Family

First Canning of the Season

 

 

IMG_9053We have some friends that always plant A LOT of sweet corn each year. They came to church one day and said, “sweet corn is ready, let us know if you want to come and pick!” It is such a blessing to have these folks give their sweet corn away.

The whole family went over to get corn from their field. We had such a great time. It didn’t take long to pick the corn, but we ended up staying for a bit to play in the tall corn stalks. The kids loved it and had such a great time!

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This year will be my first year canning corn. I originally was going to freeze it, but we just got a pig to fill the freezer and I went grocery shopping for the month so…. the freezers are full! And I mean really full, like be careful when you open the doors of things will fall out on your toes full. So, canning it is!

The first day we shucked, cut and canned 176 corn cobs. It resulted in 21 quarts of corn. I also canned 6 quarts of green beans that my mother-in-law had given me.

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The second day I decided I would do something else. I really over did myself the first day. It is a lot of work to can corn, plus take care of 6 kiddos. So on day 2, I counted out 40 corn cobs, then I went to the store and bought some green peppers, some red peppers and some spicy peppers. From those we made 16 pints of corn relish and it is pretty good! That was my first experience with corn relish, I had never had it before, but I like vinegar, corn and peppers so I figured I would like it. I was right.

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On the third day, we finished up the corn resulting in 10.5 quarts of corn. We were all so happy to be cleaning up the corn mess for the last time, :). I do really enjoy canning as long as I don’t stress myself out about it. I have to learn to just do a little at a time, other wise I am not a good mommy for the day. Hopefully I will be getting some more green beans this weekend when we go to my in-laws house and then next week, or Sunday evening we will be going over to Austin’s uncle’s house to pick plums for jam. I am waiting on my Pomona’s Universal Pectin. It is a pectin that doesn’t require cups and cups of sugar to make jam. I can use stevia instead! I am really excited to try it out.

After the jam is done, we will start making apple sauce, apple butter, and apple pie filling. We have an apple tree in our yard, it is small but it does have a few apples on it. There are also some apple trees by our pastor’s office that produce a lot of apples each year, plus we have friends with very large apple trees in their yard that let us pick as many as we want. I am so thankful for the people God has put in our lives and the way he provides for us!!

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