Unless I find a great buy on sweet potatoes, I think we’re finished with the canning for 2021! My family should get fat from our produce!!
I just took some empty jars to the cellar and took an accounting of what is left from summer 2016 canning.
We have a huge pile of potatoes leftover and will probably sell them in the coming months. I’ll can about 15-20 quarts but the rest will go in the garden for seed and we’ll eat some more until they start sprouting. They’re bakers and peeling size and have been so good throughout the winter.
Hubby has plowed the garden and we’re hoping we’ll get some spring rain on it before we disk it up for planting.
It also seems to get bigger each year!!! This year we’ll plan the usual crops of green beans, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, melons, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and in the fall some turnips and field greens.
Hope your planting season is grand and praying we have an abundant season this year. In the coming weeks I’ll be cleaning off the various asparagus patches we have and watching the rhubarb show its sprouts already. I had six grape vines started new last year and they all survived but one. I bought this red grape to replace it.
We also went to Food Lion yesterday and bought three dwarf apple trees for the orchard at the mansion.
We have about two bushel of our 2014 potatoes left over and they’re so good! BUT, the cellar is warming up a little bit and the potatoes are sprouting and the smaller ones are getting a little soft. We don’t want to lose any of them so decided we would can them.
Hubby brought them up to the front porch yesterday afternoon and I started peeling them. I’ll sit on the front porch and do just about anything in the summer time. It’s just so peaceful!
This batch was a milk crate full.
After peeling all of them and scrubbing them, I diced them into about 1 inch chunks and packed them in quart jars.
This morning we took them out of the canner before I left for work and Eddie was going to put the second canner on to process after I left. We got 14 quarts out of a 1/2 bushel milk crate. The coming winter will be bountiful with potato soup, shepherd’s pie, fried potatoes, buttered potatoes, and much more. There’s not much that goes to waste on our farm. If we can’t give it away, we can or freeze it while we wait for the next garden to come in!!