Why do I suspect I've used that tag before ? lol
Here's what's happening at Honeysuckle Hill these days...tomato sauce. Lots and lots of tomato sauce. 19 pints and 12 quarts, so far.
Salsa. 23 pints so far. Make do more, may not. That gives me 33 pints in the pantry. Plenty (theoretically) for the coming year. I'm thinking the remainder will be dried and diced (canned). That should be good enough. I canned tomato stuff yesterday for over 12 hours....oy vey.
Today we're canning 3 dozen ears of sweet corn. There are 9 pints in the canner now. It takes 55 minutes to pressure can corn pints. ARRGGHHH!! There are probably 6 more quarts to can, because I seem to be out of pint jars. Holy Guacamole. I can't believe I have used up all the pint jars. Quarts of corn take an hour and 25 minutes to can. Sumbitch. I could be doing this all day.
Last thing on the agenda (for now) is dehydrating this bag of okra. It's about 9 pounds. Then maybe I can take a break for a day or two. lol
Actually, my tomatoes are finally starting to ripen regularly, so there's always that. And there are more green beans out there to pick, though I seem to have a pantry full, about 50 jars of assorted pints and quarts (mostly quarts).
People keep saying things to me that people who don't live like I do always say...you're doing too much. Take a break. You don't have to do everything at once. Can't someone help you with that. And my all time favorite--it's okay to let some things go bad. Sweet baby Jesus.
When you garden and preserve the fruits of your labours...there is a rather small window where you have to get these things done. Sometimes (esp. this time of year) you DO have to do everything at once. There's no choice. So, I work and I sit and I work some more. I am trying to go easy, since the air is out again and of course it decided to move back to normal temperatures for this time of year. I was putting it off (calling the repair guy) because the Irishman's truck was in the shop and the cost of those repairs are always a lot. It got up to 85 degrees in here last night in the middle of tomatopalooza, which wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't been for the humidity factor making it feel like Four Thousand Degrees. I was using the water bath canner for the salsa, which is a constant boiling cauldron, putting more water in the air than a tidal wave. Today I am using the pressure canner. Still hot, but...(and you'll love this)...I don't want to call the guys until I can get the floors vacuumed. This house is a mess. But, on a bright note, I did get my desk cleaned off this morning. Not that anybody ever sees that. But it was time to turn the desk calendar from July to August, so I bit the bullet and did the deed. HAH !
OK--time for the corn to come out of the canner and the rest of it to go in. Hope I can find somewhere to put the jars...
Happy Harvest, all y'all...