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Monday, August 13, 2012

The Peaches are DONE!

7 half pints of peach/honey ginger jam. 24 peach muffins.   8 quarts and a pint of spiced peaches. 

The jam was easy I put peaches in the blender with the juice of 1 lemon. Then I added honey and fresh ground ginger and let it simmer. While that was simmering, I made the muffins.

Then Dale got home and brought the canner in for me. I canned the jam, warmed up and canned the Salsa. We canned 12 pints, ate about a pints worth and gave away about half a pint fresh salsa. It was time for the first batch of dishes.

We weighed a sample of peaches. The recipe said eight pounds would make 3 quarts.  Three peaches averaged a pound. The syrup called for 4 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups honey. I doubled the water and left the sweet the same.  It was more than enough syrup. In each jar was a fourth teaspoon whole cloves, half teaspoon whole allspice, a stick of cinnamon (until I ran out and had to use ground cinnamon.)

A long day; but, seeing the the pantry shelves full was so nice.  It reminded me of when I was 8-10 years old and my mother still canned.  We would take the jars downstairs, into the "root cellar".  It was a small closet size room that had a sand floor and A LOT of spiders. I don't like spiders. Canning saves money. Gee what a novel idea. 

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