Wednesday, July 23, 2008

It's not easy being Green

Isn't it amazing how many different things can come to mind now with one word - Green

I have been busy over the last few days canning green beans. Luke loves homemade canned green beans, they are the only one's he will eat. So, this year I planted four rows of green beans so I could can them. This was the first time I have accomplished this by myself(with minimal phone calls to mom!). And I didn't blow anything up! The first step is picking the beans - here is just a small portion of what I have been able to pick - 1/2 bushel makes approx. 12-14 quarts.

After picking comes cleaning and clipping. I opted to use scissor, I think it is easier than snapping them all by hand.

After stuffing them into jars with 1 tsp. salt, adding bowling water and putting the lids on, they go into the pressure cooker. They needed to be maintained at 10 lbs. of pressure for 25 min. - No distractions!

Finished product!


Aaron and Emily said...

Way to go! I'm so proud of you for getting out there and doing it on your own...hopefully I can learn a few lessons from you!

Christine said...

You DID it! It seems like just a short time ago we were talking about the gardening season coming up soon and your beans are already canned!! You did MUCH better then me....I did nothing but plant a couple tomato plants which have yielded NOTHING. Yet. I still have a sliver of hope, but not much. Anyway, GOOD for you, Rita! You are truly inspiring!

Cecilia said...

You Rock! So domesticated!

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