This weekend has been a long weekend, and today was the perfect way to end it.
Today we canned.
We canned cucumbers and green beans.
I have wanted to can my own pickles for so long, and today we did. We had the jars, the lids and the cucumbers. All we needed was tongs to pull the jars out of the hot bath. We headed down to Fleet Farm because they have almost an entire row geared to food preservation (canning and other stuff). They had the lids (we had enough, but would need more for tomatoes in a few weeks) and found our tongs and some pickle mix.
Did you know it is IMPOSSIBLE to find Mustard Seed right now. I went to three stores before we headed to Fleet Farm. The sales person at Target said she had been asked no less than 9 times for more mustard seed, they have been out over a week. Everyone must be going through what we are, a bumper crop of cucumbers. Or else they just plan better 🙂
After Fleet Farm we headed home and started breaking up 3 pounds of green beans (3 quarts or 12 cups). They had to cook for 20 minutes, then be canned and hot water bathed for a LONG time. A VERY long time. If we had been smart, we would have done the cucumbers first.
While the beans were cooking away in the hot water bath we got the cucumbers in the ice bath and started their brine. Buying a premade mix made a huge difference in my “Duh” factor. We jarred it up, filled it will brine and added them to the hot water bath (one at a time Ugh!).
Four hours later, and we are done. 11 jars of pickles and 4 jars of beans.
Sort of proud for my first time around!