The other day I took all my delicious kumquat preserves down to the basement. I always have the most satisfied feeling when I look at all the jars lined up on the shelves. It's a secure feeling. It's an awareness of all the good things that God provides for us. I feel that we are prepared for any trouble that might come our way, as if a few dozen jars of pickles, sauerkraut and marmalade would see us through a nuclear winter or an epic flood.
Back in the world of reality I know that my canning is a hobby. Something I do for fun and bragging rights. My grandmother canned for survival. She put up hundreds of jars of fruit and vegetables every year. She raised a family during the Great Depression and raising your own food gave you a great advantage.
Just as my grandfather taught me to love gardening, my grandmother taught me joy of homemade bread and the incredible flavor of homemade pickles, peaches and jam.
It's a lost art in today's world, though one I hope is making a comeback. Canning sounds so intimidating. It conjures up images of expensive special equipment, and worse, botulism. In reality it just is not that difficult. In fact it is actually quite easy and if you follow the rules, quite safe. Anything you can't can, you can freeze. It is also the perfect way to enjoy that fresh local produce all year long. I will be enjoying those yummy winter kumquats well into the summer. I can open a jar of peaches today and they taste just like summer. You can get that image of store peaches out of your head, because these don't even compare. On a taste scale of 1-10 they are a 100.
If you grow your food or buy in bulk you can save money, but it's also a great way to feed your family the best food around. There is no extra food coloring, chemicals, preservatives or additives. If you know how if was grown you can avoid any pesticide or chemical fertilizer residue too.
And finally you can make your own custom creations. You can adjust the heat in your salsa or the garlic in your pickles to your own standard of perfection.
So I hope I've tempted you to extend your harvest this summer. With a little time and effort you can enjoy God's bounty all year long. And of course we are willing to supply you with all the great produce you need to accomplish your task.
Lori M - Double Oak Farm
Oh can you do the Can Can?
If you can then I can
I can Can Can if you Can Can
Can you Can Can - Lyrics by Richard Perlmutter