Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Harvest Tally 2014

Finally, I'm able to wrap up our harvest tally for the year.  It's less in many ways than other years but it's so much more than I thought we were going to be able to accomplish. It worked well for me to lower my expectation to absolutely nothing and then be pleasantly surprised as our pantry slowly filled up.  God is so very good.

We used a pressure canner for the first time this year (green beans and soups) and this was our first full year of using the Tattler Reusable Canning Lids.  Overall, I'm still very impressed with them and had good success.  For some reason, I didn't get good seals on my peaches which was discouraging because of how much work canning peaches is.  I just chopped up the peaches that didn't seal and threw them in bags for the freezer.  I do love that buying lids every year or so is a thing of the past. Also, I can say that not one of our Tattler lidded jars has come unsealed- a problem I occasionally experience with metal lids.  Their seals are super tight.

I hope your harvest was gratifying no matter what it's size.  What a gift it is to grow your own food!

Harvest Tally 2014

2 gallons, 1 quart and 1 pint honey

zucchini, chopped and froze, 17 2-3-cup bags
New Zealand spinach, froze, 11 quarts and 11 pints
zucchini relish, 15 jelly jars, canned
zucchini bread, 20 loaves, froze
green beans, 37 quarts pressure canned

tomato soup, 6 quarts canned
chopped tomatoes, 13 pints canned

Brunswick Stew, 14 quarts pressure canned
tomato sauce, 17 quarts and 28 pints, canned

corn, 10 1/2 quarts froze
red raspberries, 1 quart and 3 pints froze (many just didn't get picked or what did were eaten)
vegetable soup, 13 quarts and 1 pint, pressure canned
bell peppers, 1 gallon froze
peaches, 23 quarts canned and 8 3-cup bags froze
peach jam, 12 jelly jars froze

tomato juice, 13 quarts pressure canned
pearsauce, 10 1/2 quarts canned

applesauce, 105 quarts canned

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  1. Yowzers! I am always impressed with your haul! :) Way to go!

  2. Wow!!! That's so great! We had awful luck with tomato blight, so not nearly enough this year. But good amounts of everything else. Drying a LOT of apple slices for snax (I hope to have 5 gallon bags full) and I still need to chop & freeze the chard and kale. Praise be, indeed!

  3. Nicely done.....look at all those jars!!!!

  4. Oh, I'm so impressed. I did tomatoes and still will do applesauce this year. Otherwise, I've dehydrated a few things and froze some blueberries. Definitely want to do a LOT more again next year.

    I'm saving for a pressure canner--hopefully will have one for green beans next year.

  5. What are your instructions for canning the stew in your pressure canner?

    1. Hi, Shauna:-). We are very new to pressure canning, so I hesitate to instruct others (yet!). We just consulted the recipe book that came with our pressure canner and our Ball Home Preserving Book (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0778801314/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0778801314&link_code=as3&tag=thyh-20&linkId=WMHQ7P3M4S2TJZ22). Hope this helps:-).

  6. Oh, my - how many Tattlers do you have? A big Tattler order is on my wishlist, but I can never seem to pull together enough "spare" cash.

    Like many, I lost all of my tomatoes to late blight this year. :(

    1. Hey, there, CD.:-) I'm not sure I even know how many we have. We placed a large order last winter when they went on sale for 40% off (If I'm remembering correctly). See if you can sign up for their newsletter/email and maybe you can snag yours when they have another great deal.


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