Seeing these quarts lined up on a shelf is as calming to me as watching a crackling fire in the fireplace or as soothing as watching pet dogs or the cat sleeping!
We have put up 24 quarts of tomatoes so far this summer. That is not enough for our annual consumption. We do have some quarts left over from last year, and the tomatoes in my uncle's garden are still producing...some.
Today, I had a blast cutting bell pepper into julienned strips to freeze for future stir fry and into pieces to be added to many, many recipes. So far this summer, we have frozen 22 pints of bell pepper.
The hand-made knife with the cherry handle was also made by my uncle. We prefer his wide variety of home-made knives. (I should blog about them soon!)
Long after I had finished my small share of the food prep for freezing, and after I had washed my hands, I rubbed my eyes and was rudely treated to burning eyes!
We have at least one confused bell pepper plant that produces normal peppers and sometimes hot bell pepper. Have you ever experienced hot AND normal bell peppers from the same plant?
Today we also put up more Field Peas... a total of 32 pints frozen so far. Field Peas are different from Black Eyed Peas... but not very different.
This vivid vintage red enamel pan may be my favorite. I just LOVE this shape. It says "summer, Grandma's house and childhood" to me.
I have always adored shelling peas, but by the time I reached the farmhouse today, all the peas from this morning's picking, a five gallon bucket, were shelled. My 85 year old mother, Alice, and my 81 year old uncle are fast pea-shellers!
Including today's production, we have frozen 32 pints of Field Peas so far.
In addition to what we added today to the Summer canning and freezing, we have frozen 15 quarts of green beans, nine packages of corn-on-the-cob, 11 packages of cooked corn (corn cut off of the cob) and more than 80 quart bags of yellow squash!
There are also 16 pints of Fig preserves added to the pantry this summer.
It is a great feeling knowing how your vegetables and fruit were grown (without pesticides or pollutants) and put up (without preservatives and chemical additives).