“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.