I decided to post something a little different today. It is art in its own way!
My friend Andrea and I decided back in the summer of 2003 that we wanted to learn how to can! We got my mom's dill pickle recipe and decided we'd give it a whirl! We bought our little cucumbers from "Something from the Farm", a cute little farm near me, and off we went. We worked at my little bitty house, in August, with no air-conditioning! It was HOT. But, we had SO much fun.
On that first attempt we made somewhere around 12-15 quarts of really yummy dill pickles. Also, on that same day, we made 8-10 quarts of apple pie filling. Now, why we decided to do both, I'm not sure! It was a bit much for ONE day. However, both attempts were quite successful.
I have these pictures in a frame in my office. Andrea framed them for me for the following Christmas! It was so much fun, and such a sense of accomplishment. And it was fun to be able to give people pickles that I made!
We have continued our canning tradition since. The next year, we made more dills (24 quarts I think) and we also canned peaches. Last year, we didn't make any dills because we both still had some from the previous year. We made instead bread and butter pickles. They are more work, but, boy, are they ever yummy!! This summer, we'll definitely make dills again! I'm almost out!!
Canning is an art form of sorts. It takes a lot of hard work, sweat, and patience (something I'm short on!) But, again, it is worth it in the end! Thanks MOM for your recipe and experience. We called her more than once during the canning days with questions! Categories: art_, misc_
6.16.2006Posted by Tammy