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Today is day 17 of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  The challenge began with A on April 1 and continues the alphabet throughout the
month, except on Sundays. My theme for the month will be this blog’s tagline: life, books, and all things bookish, so you can expect a little bit of this ‘n that. I’m still reading, though, and I’ll add reviews whenever possible. Thirty days of blogging is a huge commitment for me, but I’m looking forward to meeting and greeting new blog friends.
Today’s words: quarts


Canned goods at the Rise ‘n Roll, Shipshewana, Indianna

Back in the day (as the old folks say!) I canned for my family. Just a few things, but just what we wanted and needed. I canned peaches and pears, tomatoes, and pickles. I loved looking at the beautiful Ball jars lined up on my counter, just waiting to hear the pop pop pop of the lids as they sealed. Truth be told, I sometimes left the jars to sit far too long in the kitchen–just because I loved the colors, the glass, the shiny lids. Sooner or later, I’d carry them down to the basement to store til winter. And let me tell you, there’s nothing like the taste of home-canned peaches in February. By the time baby #3 came along I gave it up. I guess I’m not enough of a Pioneer Woman to put up with an August kitchen, prune-y fingers, scalding jars, and sink full of peels–as well as a puppy, part-time job, and, oh, yeah, those three kids. That first winter when I served the boys canned peaches from the store, they asked if I had any “real” peaches. Sometimes I think maybe someday again … but until then, I look longingly at the canned goods at farmer’s markets and sigh.

6 thoughts on “Q is for quarts (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

  1. My mom used to do can for wintertime. Much as she tried to get me to help, I’d find excuses. Bad, bad. A shame, she’d say, to pay for canned goods. But the work, I said.
    I did help, once or twice, even had some fun with it.
    Great post and choice for Q.


    1. Laurie says:

      So funny you should say that–I didn’t help much when I was young either. But when I had my own family, I suddenly wanted to! But I had to learn from scratch. Thanks for stopping by, Silvia 🙂


  2. denice says:

    When Lisa and I canned peaches one hot, humid August day in a house without air conditioning we couldn’t think of how it could be worse. Then we decided it could. We could be in the day when this meant food for the winter, along with tomatoes, beans, etc. and were glad we didn’t HAVE to do it.


    1. Laurie says:

      Yes–we do it for “fun” or “special”–think of the hundreds and hundreds of quarts to feed a family of 6 … or 10!!!


  3. Joey says:

    I love that they asked for real peaches. Nice. I am terrified to can, but I’m going to do refrigerator pickles this year.


    1. Laurie says:

      LOVE refrigerator pickles 🙂 and a great place to start. Don’t be too scared–with high acid fruits (which includes tomatoes) the risk of spoilage is much lower. Give it a try–start small.


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