Thursday, October 13, 2011

Preserving Food for the Winter

It has been a busy few months preserving food at our house. Between my garden, trips to the local berry patch, a produce auction and foraging my pantry is over flowing with food. It is a wonderful feeling.

You can pretty much find homemade canned goods all over the house. In the cupboards, in the fridge or just sitting on the counter.My pantry shelves are completely full so we have had to start stacking items in front of the shelving unit.I preserved some new things this year like green beans and some jellies. I also have a large supply of chicken stock so no more buying store bought broth.
After taking inventory of my pantry shelves (and floor) here is what I was able to put up this year as far as canning.

Salsa 19 pints, 10 quarts
Peaches 5 pints, 26 quarts
Pears 15 quarts
Green Beans 34 pints, 15 quarts
Tomatoes 9 quarts
Corn 31 pints, 2 quarts
Chicken Stock 7 pints, 20 quarts
Jalapeno Jelly 11 half pints
Mulberry Jelly 18 half pints
Grape Jelly 8 half pints

Have you preserved any food for winter?


  1. I love it, you did so good! I canned jams, tomatoes, salsa, and applesauce so far. I have frozen green beans, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches and some tomatoes.

  2. Yes, but I'm needing to make more chicken stock. Luckily, Hy-Vee had 59 cent/lb. whole chickens.

  3. I canned green beans and tomatoes this year. I also froze sweet corn. Several years ago, in 08 I think, I must have canned a couple hundred quarts of green beans and applesauce. I still have about 15 jars of the sauce, and we finally finished up the green beans this last spring. I swore they were multiplying in the basement while I wasn't looking :)