Canning,  Dehydrator,  Fall Fun,  Family Fun,  Farm Work,  Food Preservation,  Garden

Enjoying and preserving some of this summer’s bounty

I have been busy busy busy this summer trying to use as much of our fruits and vegetables.

We have lots of fruit trees on our homestead – apples, pears, plums, a couple of cherry trees, and more apples! 🙂  In our garden, we had zucchini, TONS of cucumbers, green beans, carrots, sugar snap peas, onions, lots of herbs, and tomatoes.  And we have blackberry bushes, too!

 

Apples, Apple Pie Jam (SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!), cucumbers, zucchini, pears, plums and tomatoes!

I learned how to do some canning last year – I did pears in syrup, and apple pie filling, and some jam.  This year, I borrowed a dehydrator and have been dehydrating the heck out of things like plums and apples and pears, and I dried rosemary and oregano, too.

Plums in the dehydrator – I’ve done a lot of these!!!
I canned these pears in light syrup… can’t wait to eat them!!

 

Plums drying in the dehydrator, canned pears, and PICKLES!!!
I got this cool new apple corer, peeler and slicer… what a time saver!  And I made apple juice out of the cores and peels (or give them to the chickens!!).
Another day, another harvest – Pears, apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and zucchini…  I love summer!
Apple slices with a little cinnamon in the dehydrator – I think there were chunks of pears on the bottom. 
This is what my counter has looked like for much of the late summer!!!
We had some pickling juice left from one pickle batch and Carson thought we should try pickled eggs!  Sure, why not!  I’ve never seen them… Carson said that they’re on the counter in dive bars all over… hmm… I must be a good girl or something!  They sure are pretty!  Can’t wait to try them!
The start of Blackberry Strawberry Jam.  Yum!!!
Isn’t it pretty?!  Blackberry strawberry jam cooking!
Plums dehydrating… again! 🙂
Yet another harvest day!  I love all these colors!  Carrots, red onions, zucchini, cucumber, plums, and tomatoes. 

Every year, it’s my goal to use as much of the fruit and veggies as possible!  I get better every year!

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