Wednesday, September 15, 2010

why friends are good

Friends are good for lots of things (lots and lots) but this is just one of the reasons why....



Peaches. 54 pounds of peaches. Canned the other day.

Since canning only happens, for the most part, one season a year, I often forget how much fun it is to can with a friend. Not only does it go way faster but it's a much more joyful process. We made jam, lots of jam, and we canned peaches up for savoring this winter. We talked and we laughed and we just had fun.

Today I was in the kitchen again canning up sweet pickles for my dear hubby. He loves them on tuna. (Insert gagging sound here.) Later this month we'll be canning tuna, and my entire house will be smelling like fish. Unless I break out the propane cooker standy thing- I really can't remember the proper name right now, sorry about that. I will certainly be recruiting hubby to help with all of that. Maybe even my mother-in-law too. After all, canning a bunch of stinky fish just isn't as much fun flying solo.

Do you usually can by yourself or can alone? Do you have any type of annual ritual with canning? Maybe all your family gets together to do it or you have a special friend that you always can green beans with?

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7 comments:

Leslie said...

i learned to make jam with a friend...she taught me to make bread as well...and making it on my own has never been as fun as when we did it together.

Renata said...

I'm only quite new to canning & always done it myself before!
I think it would be wonderful to do it with a friend.

Suzanne said...

I haven't done too much canning yet but what I have done was with friends. Learning together...it's a lot of fun. I did try to can peaches at home but my old stove wouldn't get the water bath to boil!

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

I've canned alone and with friends. Both have advantages. Alone I can just do a small amount at a time and call it good. But when I want to do it all day and get a huge amount out of the way or when I want to learn something or just have fun - it's much better to call in the girlfriends!

I LOVE home canned tuna, by the way. My husband had to convince me to try it and when I did... I wondered how I would ever eat store tuna again.

Carol said...

I've always canned alone but this year my kids are coming home for a day of applesauce cooking and canning. Should be tons of fun!

AMKreations said...

I don't can, but I would be happy canning with someone! =)

Anne-Marie said...

Aw, so sweet! I don't can either but it definitely is labor intensive. My mom did it so I know that it can be a labor of love.

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