This weekend is the Can-a-Rama 2010 sponsored by Canning Across America. In celebration of this event, I decided to have my own canning party.
To begin the weekend, my sister and I visited my mom in the country. My mom had already begun her canning party. She canned all week long. I brought her some more jars so she could finish canning her soup starter (tomatoes, green beans and corn). She has a pretty big garden. She and her husband can't possibly eat all of the vegetables so she gives away a lot and then cans the rest. Before we got there, she had picked about 72 tomatoes as well as okra, sugar snaps, cucumbers, corn and patty pans. Patty pans are scalloped, saucer-shaped, summer squash. I had never seen this kind of squash before.
The best part of this canning party was that we got to taste the bounty before it was canned. We had creamed corn, green beans, cucumbers, fresh tomatoes and corn bread for lunch. It was so good.
When I got back home, I started my own canning party. Here is a preview of what I made. I'll be posting more about these in separate posts so stay tuned...
To begin the party, I made Zesty Watermelon Jelly.
Then I made Hamburger Dill Pickles.
And Salsa Bruschetta-Style
to go with some freshly made Tuscan Bread.
I finished the party by making some Blueberry Orange Marmalade.
Thanks for joining me for my canning party of one. Click on the links to view the recipes and instructions for making all of these delicious canned items and the Tuscan Bread.
Happy Canning and Baking!
Here are some of the references I use in my canning adventures. You might enjoy them as well: