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    Canning Season.

    We gave up large scale gardening several years back.Now, we mostly just grow our own tomatoes. We found it is much cheaper to buy in bulk directly from producers at the end of season. You get more bang for your buck. Anyhow, I bought a bushel of Blue Lakes for $23.00. We canned 32 quarts. We can tomatoes, soup, broth.Heck we even can and freeze beef if we can get it from a local farmer. A half beef is usually more than enough meat for the winter. I think canning will be a lost art in a generation if it is not already.

    I know some of you will say what about the joy of gardening? OK, I get it, but at our age it's kinda nice not to have to worry about weeds, critters, and the weather destroying my hard work.Frees me up for more important things like fishing, hunting and posting on internet forums...
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    I enjoyed canning in years past, but now that I am older, I can buy green beans, peas, carrots, and tomatoes in cans for less than the cost of Ball jars alone. Growing my own is getting expensive if we buy plants, and extra work if we buy seeds. Even the cost of bulk buys from farmers is expensive and time consuming to can ourselves. We just stock up from the store.

    We do have a fruit farm, so we do make preserves from our fruit, or blanche and freeze apples and quince. We freeze our blackberries and blueberries. Mayhaw jelly is good, and we also do persimmon preserves, the stuff you can't find in the stores or markets. We had a late hard freeze this year that really messed up the fruit production. Deer ate all our peaches, and possums got our grapes. Hopefully next year will be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinosaur View Post
    I enjoyed canning in years past, but now that I am older, I can buy green beans, peas, carrots, and tomatoes in cans for less than the cost of Ball jars alone. Growing my own is getting expensive if we buy plants, and extra work if we buy seeds. Even the cost of bulk buys from farmers is expensive and time consuming to can ourselves. We just stock up from the store.

    We do have a fruit farm, so we do make preserves from our fruit, or blanche and freeze apples and quince. We freeze our blackberries and blueberries. Mayhaw jelly is good, and we also do persimmon preserves, the stuff you can't find in the stores or markets. We had a late hard freeze this year that really messed up the fruit production. Deer ate all our peaches, and possums got our grapes. Hopefully next year will be better.
    Never heard of Mayhaw jelly.....I know about persimmons, but not in preserves. They remind of dates when they are fully ripened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dinosaur View Post
    I enjoyed canning in years past, but now that I am older, I can buy green beans, peas, carrots, and tomatoes in cans for less than the cost of Ball jars alone. Growing my own is getting expensive if we buy plants, and extra work if we buy seeds. Even the cost of bulk buys from farmers is expensive and time consuming to can ourselves. We just stock up from the store.

    We do have a fruit farm, so we do make preserves from our fruit, or blanche and freeze apples and quince. We freeze our blackberries and blueberries. Mayhaw jelly is good, and we also do persimmon preserves, the stuff you can't find in the stores or markets. We had a late hard freeze this year that really messed up the fruit production. Deer ate all our peaches, and possums got our grapes. Hopefully next year will be better.

    You should eat the deer! I for one love venison.

    Possums...I don't know what you could do with them. Feed them to pigs? Pigs will eat anything, and everyone loves bacon.

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    I started canning about 10 years ago, and they sell mega-tons of ball jars and lids 'round here. The art is not lost on these folk.

    I need to find something to do with mild-to-hot peppers. I am growing them like crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustPassinThru View Post
    You should eat the deer! I for one love venison.

    Possums...I don't know what you could do with them. Feed them to pigs? Pigs will eat anything, and everyone loves bacon.
    Possums are best let to live.They kill snakes,eat ticks,fleas etc. Donít hate them because they are fugly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dinosaur View Post
    I enjoyed canning in years past, but now that I am older, I can buy green beans, peas, carrots, and tomatoes in cans for less than the cost of Ball jars alone. Growing my own is getting expensive if we buy plants, and extra work if we buy seeds. Even the cost of bulk buys from farmers is expensive and time consuming to can ourselves. We just stock up from the store.

    We do have a fruit farm, so we do make preserves from our fruit, or blanche and freeze apples and quince. We freeze our blackberries and blueberries. Mayhaw jelly is good, and we also do persimmon preserves, the stuff you can't find in the stores or markets. We had a late hard freeze this year that really messed up the fruit production. Deer ate all our peaches, and possums got our grapes. Hopefully next year will be better.
    Might want to run some strands of electric fence Dino,

    I remember as a kid 60 years ago during canning season, sitting on our back porch with my mom. With a half-gallon Kerr jar between my legs and a 16" long x one-inch diameter wood dowel. It was my job to use the dowel to tamp down the cabbage, for our Winters sour kraut.
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