Let me tell you a little story about my first canning experience.
We had moved to the mini-farm and raised a large garden.
I had a bumper crop of green beans and proudly
gathered them, washed and snapped them.
And then I put them into my sterilized canning jars and canned
them the old fashioned water bath way. It took forever. I
canned about 3 batches one day which would be 21 jars.
After I got all my 21 jars cooled, I took them out to the
little room in the back of the house that housed my laundry
and where there were 3 nice shelves above the washer that I
just knew would be a good place to store the green beans. I
lined them up nicely on the shelf and noticed that I'd have room
for many more. After a backward glance admiring my handiwork, I
went back into the kitchen to clean up my canning mess. All of a sudden
came this humongous crashing sound. I knew the children were playing
outside and glanced out the window to make sure they were okay.
Then I went into the laundry room. The shelves had somehow fallen
away from the wall and I saw all my just newly placed jars
of green beans on the floor broken. Every. One. Of. Them.
Needless to say, I felt like crying and swearing off canning forever.
But I didn't do either. I haven't canned in many years, but
I'll never forget the very first time!
Have you ever had a canning disaster? Do you can or
freeze vegetables? Hope your first experience went better than mine!
Until next time...