Friday, November 25, 2011


Found an almost empty bag of navy beans in the pantry, several years old at least, and thought it would be a good time to try my hand at canning beans again. I found a recipe that sounded good in Jackie Clay's canning book and decided to give it a whirl.

I made two batches, the first, exactly as per the recipe, until I realized there was nowhere near enough liquid and had to make another batch of sauce. They still came out very dry--I was afraid to really stuff the jars in case there was something I didn't know about expansion and tomato juice.....

The next batch that's in the canner right now looked wonderful---I mixed up a quadruple batch of sauce and then added a quart of last years tomatoes for a bit of texture. I made sure to run a knife down the sides to get out all the bubbles and get the sauce all the way down to the bottom.
I'm betting there was a mis-print in the book on the quantities, and hopefully these beans come out as wonderful as they looked going in!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


She loves her the point that she growls and barks while trying to get back in it when it moves.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I've been very remiss in my blogging lately.....working on orders and trees...