Our Ever Growing Pantry!!

Our Ever Growing Pantry

First, I want to apologize for my absence lately. Life knocked me down for a while, and on my way back up I have been busier than usual.

The hubby and I have taken up a new hobby! One weekend while shopping at the farmers’ market I had a brainstorm. Why buy produce in the grocery store?? There is an abundance of fresh, local, delicious produce available right in our backyard!

So we started to research canning. This doesn’t seem so bad! We started out with a few simple things in a water bath, but next thing you know we wanted to move on to some more complex recipes. Time to buy a pressure canner!

I expected to build up a decent pantry with yummy local foods. What I did not expect was to love doing it so much. It is something we can do together and we both find it relaxes us. Bonus??? All the great food!

Since we bought that pressure canner, our local farmers have been keeping us busy. We no longer have a linen closet. What we do have? Somewhere around two hundred jars of fresh local fruits and vegetables!!

We only started around six weeks ago. Our goal is to can enough local goodies that we will not have to buy any produce in the grocery store all winter. That may not happen this year since we started so late, but we are preparing for next year.

So, now I have a question. What is YOUR favorite canning recipe?? We are open to trying whatever you throw out at us.

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About Melissa's Menu

Self-taught home cook. I love being in the kitchen, it brings me happiness and joy. In the kitchen, I can relax and let my creativity flow. View all posts by Melissa's Menu

4 responses to “Our Ever Growing Pantry!!

  • Pam Khoury

    You are amazing Melissa !

    Sent from my iPhone

  • Promenade Claire

    So exciting! I’ve been wondering about canning, but need to buy a proper pressure cooker/canner! I mostly freeze produce and we came to the conclusion we need a bigger freezer 🙂 I look forward to hearing more about your adventures in canning

    • mrszeg

      Thanks Claire! We freeze somethings as well, but I have always been intrigued by canning so this year we decided to jump in and do it!! Investing in the pressure canner was nowhere near as costly as expected.

      To date we are well over two hundred jars in the pantry (which used to be a linen closet, now what to do with the linens)….and we have sauerkraut fermenting!

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