Let canning season begin…

Since moving here, I have been increasing my desire to make things from scratch. I am quickly becoming addicted to the idea of saying “I made that,” and I am always looking for ways to make a meal just a few, if any, preprocessed ingredients. It was with this goal in mind that I asked my mother-in-law for canning supplies for Christmas. I figured that, even though they would be late, I could start canning things next year.

Well, Christmas came early this year.

We had Eric’s mom and her boyfriend over for dinner tonight; I made homemade pasta again (I have another post coming up on that) and my homemade sauce. The sauce came out great! I used a bit more cornstarch this go around, and it was nice and thick.

Anyway…she brought me all of this:

This isn’t even all of it

There is another box of jars, as well as a jar holder, a funnel, and two magazines with canning recipes. The pressure cooker on the far right belonged to Eric’s grandmother!

I have never canned. I should have mentioned that at the beginning. I haven’t the slightest idea what I am doing. But I am really excited about this! There is an old strainer (hand crank!), two pressure cookers, and an ungodly number of jars.

This will help a lot on my quest for an all homemade Christmas. I see a lot of tomato sauce, jam, and pickles in my loved ones’ futures. I will be taking requests!

Much like my cross stitch, this will be an ongoing (probably uphill) battle, and I will keep you posted.