“Preserving” a Tradition

Nothing was wasted in my mother-in-law’s world.  She was a smart, hardworking woman who held a full-time job and managed a farm with her husband and children.  Harvest time was busy.  My husband still talks about the hours his mother and sisters spent preserving and canning excess summer vegetables and fruits. But he also recalls the laughter and companionship they shared in that hot kitchen.

My family inherited her canning equipment and handy canning booklet.  I pulled it out this year to try my hand at preserve-making.  It really is hard work.  But I love the idea of providing tasty, homemade fare for my family and using food that otherwise might be wasted.  I’m sure my mother-in-law would agree.

Here’s her canning booklet. It was published in 1957.

Come along on my summer canning journey.

6 thoughts on ““Preserving” a Tradition

  • August 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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    Brings back such great memories of my mother and grandmother. The house was filled with such great aromas!

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    • August 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm
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      I’m so glad it brought back memories. I bet their preserves were delicious. I could not get my teenage daughter interested in helping this year. But she’s enjoying the preserves on her toast in the morning, so maybe next year.

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  • August 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm
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    🙂
    I miss my mom canning stuff.

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    • August 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm
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      How wonderful that she took the time to can for her family. It’s funny how memories in the kitchen seem to make us smile the most.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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    Looks like a lot of work, but with great results!

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    • August 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm
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      It was work, but I got more efficient with each batch I made. I loved the fig preserves, but my favorite that I made were the cinnamon pear preserves. Spread on a warm biscuit, they tasted like a fresh baked pie.

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