So my new hobby this year is canning. I mentioned before I think that I have tried canning corn relish, tomatoes, and jelly. Wendesday and Thursday I started to can my from scratch tomato sauce as I have so many tomatoes and the sauce has filled up the freezer (along with my home-made chicken stock: which I plan to try to can later-more to come 😉 ) I have been happy with my canning efforts so far, but want to step it up and fill up the pantry more for the coming winter. I have seen many others canning idea and have found a few more to try including apple sauce, chicken stock, and dilly beans.

Tomato sauce, corn salsa, jelly (on top), and tomatoes

My husband will tell you I can not sit still so when things quiet down I find a new hobby to fill my time. I have taken on baking, cooking, therapy dog event’s with Baxter, some agility training with Chase, cleaning, blogging, gardening (flower, fruits, and veggies), cleaning for an elderly couple once a month to help them out, numerous bible studies, and may other things. I find being busy keeps me happy and focused. My mom says I have been this way all my life… always the busy child. So we shall see where this new canning adventures take me… wish me luck 😉

(If you have any tips or canning ideas please feel free to leave them for me 🙂 )

34 Comments on “Advetures in Canning

  1. Been wanting to do this but just haven’t had the time. Herb-infused oils and vinegar would be great too! For salads 🙂

  2. I have canned once with a group of friends. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun and rewarding as well. I have hopes to make some corn relish one day soon for my dad. Gardens can keep one busy well after the season! On a Bible study suggestion, there is this site with lots of them and you might be interested to check it out: There are lots of studies on all kinds of topics.

  3. I like to can, too. I found a nifty little tool at Williams-Sonoma. It has a magnet on each end and it picks up the flat lids from your hot water. I think it was $3. Not sure what it was called or what I should call it for that matter.

    • I will have to check that out it sounds like soemthing that would be helpful as the lids are the hardest to get out of the water unstuck 🙂 Thanks for the tip 🙂

  4. I’d love to get into canning. I just have to wait to be a bit more settled in one place for a while (about to finish grad school and move). You sound a lot like me… always busy, and interested in many of the same things. Good for you! As long as you keep a balance life is wonderful when filled with fruitful activities! 🙂

    • God has a way of providing balence in my life I have found. Canning is fun for me others tell me it feels like a chore…. but if you like it and get a place you can stay for a while it is fun and if you do it right it can save you money. 🙂

    • It’s not too hard you just have to have the time, equiptment, and a little know how and you will learn the rest as you go 🙂 Tomato sauce is pretty easy to can as is salsa 🙂

      • Thanks! I might just look into this then. I bet I could find a starter kit at Amazon.. (they have everything there!) : )

      • I bet they do or Target has a good starter kit also and it was on sale the other day. I got a lot of my stuff from yard sales so it was cheep 🙂

  5. We’re in the process of turning our city yard into a farm with the intent of canning like crazy! It looks like you’re doing very well…keep up the good work!

  6. Canning is totally on my “someday” list of projects to take on. There’s just something about a beautiful row of jars all lined up with pretty food inside…feels like all is right with the world, like the family is all taken care of…

    • I could not agree more…. I think it is just so comforting to see cans lined up and waiting 🙂 I hope you get to it someday too. I have learned that kids can help with some parts too and as the get older the more they can do. My cousions daughter helps me with some things and she is 3. 🙂

  7. Good for you! This is a good hobby to have. You do need to get that magnet thingy – mine came with a basic canning supply kit. Yesterday we put up 14 pints of salsa. We already have 14 quarts of pasta sauce. Very satisfying.

  8. I can never can enough diced tomatoes in their own juices. I ran out waaaay too early last year. And be sure to keep a good inventory list. I have made things in the past that were fun to make and tasty, but we could just never find enough ways to use it up.

  9. I enjoyed canning my tomatoes, and today I am going to try my hand at canning some pears. We have a pear tree and although it didnt give many pears I dont want to waste them so I am going to try canning them today. Have you canned anything like that?

      • Okay, good thought to remember, I have a few pears left over and I am going to make applesauce this next week. If you don’t mind me asking, Do you have a recipe for the applesauce using pears in it? and if so, could you share it with me, I am still looking for a recipe. Thanks so much. Have a great day.

      • I used an applesauce recipe (I just basically cut/cored and cooked the apples and added the sugar I wanted). If you find an applesauce recipe just sub one pear for one apple (or one lb for one lb) and it should turn out fine 🙂

      • Thank you so much. I will do that. We are going apple picking tomorrow (if it doesnt rain). And I am going to make applesauce this weekend. I appreciate you answering me. Have a great day/

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