Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Attack of Canning!

Sorry its been so long. I am back in Waterloo now, trying to find a job...if you read this and know of an opportunity in the Sustainable development/environmental education industry give me a shout. Now that I am done my shameless cry for help, I thought I would share my weekend of chopping, stewing and canning...still to continue tonight, just taking a break now.

In the past two days I cut tomatoes, onions, garlic, apples, apples, peppers, peppers, peppers, and more peppers. As my first canning adventure I am sure it took longer then it would those experienced, but it was fun! It gave me time to watch the second transformers movie, listen to dharma talks, and just be. While being I made Apple Chutney (recipe from All About Canning and Preserving), green tomato salsa (recipe from and tonight I will be making spicy pepper salsa!

Apple chutney stewing away

So far I have 18 jars of goodness...unfortunately the canning pot is not big enough for bigger jars, which makes it somewhat difficult (broke a jar that touched the bottom of the hot pot last night). Its been fun though, and I now know why people become obsessed with canning, why homemade jams are so expensive (it takes a lot of time!), and how much work goes into eating only local and preserving the harvests!

Keep it real! Breath, and think about all those peppers that are still out there waiting for you to cut, if you so desire!

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