I hope you have a great fourth of July! — 7 Comments

  1. gen,

    Sounds like you and your dad have been busy! And will keep busy too. Hey, that’s how we get ahead. I know I’ve still got a lot of ground beef to get canned up myself! Yum. (And it’s SO handy too.)

  2. Nana,

    We’d like to add Kauai honeyberries to our orchard but have heard they won’t be available until 2019….

  3. PS: Dad and I managed to get 12 half-pints of sweet pickle relish canned yesterday, and I talked to a pick your own gardener near by, hopefully I will be able to pick green beans on Monday and beets on Wednesday. At 91 dad has decided to stop gardening, as much because we lost the last four gardens to SEVERAL types of critters, and his health isn’t as good now, either. We are making plans to preserve 2 turkeys, 2 roasting hens, several beef and pork roasts, a ham, and some ground round. Dad is in 7th Heaven just thinking about it. If the current heat wave doesn’t stop our cucumbers, we’re also looking to can as many sweet lime pickles as possible. Jackie I love your ongoing enthusiasm and your nature to help all of us, it makes us know so much is possible! Take care, gen

  4. I know this is EARLY to post, but I found an “interesting” recipe, that I will be trying this fall after the pumpkins are ready to harvest. I hope it’s ok, I’m listing the website I found it on


    2 lbs of sweet apples (measurement before coring and peeling)
    2 1/2 T. pumpkin powder (purchased from (or dehydrate your own pumpkin and grind to a powder)
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 t. pumpkin pie spice
    1 T. bottled lemon juice

    Peel and core your apples and then process in a blender till smooth or cook the apples down in a crock pot or stainless steel pot. Once the apples are cooked and have reached a butter consistency (creamy) add the pumpkin powder, sugar, and pie spice. Stir in ingredients and cook for another 30 minutes. Taste the butter. If you think it needs more pumpkin flavor add another teaspoon, but it was really good after the 2 1/2 tablespoons. The flavor had that great pumpkin pie richness.
    Add your lemon juice just to preserve the color and ladle into your sterlized jars. Remove air bubbles, fill to 1/4″ headspace and wipe rims. Add hot lids/rings and process in the water bath for 10 minutes at a full rolling boil.

  5. It’s been getting into the mid 90’s here, but luckily mother nature has been kind enough to rain at least once a week. My dad and I put up 13 pints of bread and butter pickles yesterday, and tomorrow i’m hoping for at least a dozen half pints of pickle relish. We’ve never made that before, so I hope it’s as good as it sounds. So far I’ve gotten one tomato each off my plants and three sweet banana peppers, plenty of blooms but I’m afraid the heat is going to slow everything down. I’m looking to be canning about 50 to 60 pints of green beans by the end of this week, and I’m gonna be grinning ear to ear once I see those in the pantry. Blessings on everybody! gen

  6. Nice idea on the berry cleaner. That is what make you good homesteaders. Always thinking.

  7. What variety of the honeyberry are you looking to buy? They look and taste fabulous!