We Did It

We canned 8 qts tomatoes and 5 qts pickles and 1 qt juice for Pastor Gary. The temperatures outside were well over 100 and inside was a little hot as well. We were so joyful and happy that we could remember the lessons our Mother and Grandmother has taught us related to this craft. Thanks for the encouragement you gave us to do this.

Take a look at our ‘show-off’ results.
Cukes For Pickling-1Peeling Tomatoes

Pickles 1Hot Water Bath!

Making Tomato JuiceGetting Started


Pickles 1-1Tomatoes And Sweet Pickles-1

Canned TomatoesTomatoes Out Of Canner

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About Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=Deborah Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the www.thedailylily.com.

7 thoughts on “We Did It

  1. What a wonderful experience we had canning. Debi and I have already decided that next year we will can much more, maybe even sneak some peaches in this year. Boy the tomatoes will taste good in chili this winter when the snow is falling.

  2. Wow !!! What a couple of LILY LABORERS. You certainly did a great job. And this Fall and Winter you will reap the rewards of your diligence in preserving God’s glorious harvest of fruits & veggies.
    You know what the Proverbs 31 says about this…” She is like a merchang ship loaded with foodstuffs and she brings her household’s food from other places. She rises while it is still “night” and gets spiritual and physical food for her household and assigns and does her tasks.
    Your Mothers would be so proud of you and I know the Lord is pleased with these loving, holdhold feats.

  3. ummmmmm…I can almost smell the wonderful aromas of the tomatoes being canned…and the canners look simply lovely in their aprons….I sure hope you do apples and peaches……..and I agree with you Rena chili in the winter with home canned tomatoes and dont forget the pickles!….thanks for the pictures of each step it sure makes one feel apart of the fun!….its like a cook book only better…..looking forward to the next episode…of the…”Daily Lily Canners”….:)dj

  4. WOW!!!! That’s awesome. I know it was loads of fun!!!! I know Pastor Gary will appreicate his juice. Good job ladies. I love the pictures. It brings back memories. Now you are ready for the cold winter!!!!

  5. I hope this is the beginning of many happy days of canning. Maybe you will find many others that want to join you in this great production.

    I am always amazed at the great talent all of you have and use. God said ‘stay busy with business’ until I come.

    I do have one question, are those cucumbers too large to eat or are they a special kind?

  6. Regarding your cucumber question: they may be too big to eat by many people who prefer much smaller ones. This variety was called Slicemaster I believe(or something similar). I’m not a cucumber expert but when I looked up when to harvest, one site said optimum harvesting size for slicing cucmbers was 5-8″ or when seeds are half-size. Pickling cucumbers are supposed to be stockier and not as long. So since these were not really ‘pickling’ cucumbers will have to see if they are worth eating. Next year I will try growing a pickling variety just for canning.

  7. Wow! you ladies look like “professional canners”, and I sure would like to have some of that chili,with those tomatoes, this winter! I love seeing the pictures of you gals…”hard at work”! I can see the joy, on your faces. Oh, what fun and fellowship, you two much have had!?!

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