Sunday, September 9, 2007

Adventures in Canning 2

We did it! Overflowing baskets of produce met with 5 women and 5 hours and became 100+ jars of local bounty: tomato puree, 3 different tomato sauces, pickled cucumbers, okra, beets, and onions. Every one of the jars seemed to seal correctly, so in 2 weeks we'll pop 'em open and have a tasting party. I expect great things, but even if they don't meet my expectations, I'm already satisfied; we spent a wonderful day combing the local markets for the best produce, had delightful exchanges with septuagenarian farmers, and shared the hot, steamy, vinegary work with stories and laughter. It just doesn't get much better than this for end-of-summer pleasures. Here are the pictures:

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