No, I didn't can the rooster even though he has come close to the frying pan several times. I did can 25 pints of tomatoes and three quarts of tomato juice under the guidance and expertise of my mother:-)
My mother starts dreaming about her
40-acre farm garden for the next year before the year's first frost has arrived. Although she loves to grow and put up fresh veggies, she wants to make sure our entire family is well-fed through the winter and will work for weeks -- day and night -- making fresh peach, strawberry and grape jams, sweet and dill pickles, salsa, freezing cream-style corn, and canning peaches, pears, grape juice, applesauce, green beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and anything else she can find.
She loves her garden and we get a glimpse of that joy when she goes out in the mornings just to look at and enjoy what she has growing. It is, however, very hard work, but -- she was raised "that way" by her parents. She also loves putting it all up as hard as it is, so I not only wanted to help her, I really wanted to learn this process from an expert...or in my book *the* expert:-)
I washed, scalded and peeled my tomatoes, then diced them, packed them in clean, warm jars with 1/2 teaspoon of canning salt. New lids were washed and scalded before topping off the jars and securing with rings, then the jars went into the pressure canner.
I am so very proud of them! I get a lot of satisfaction knowing where the food I feed my family comes from. Plus, this is an art that has been passed down in my family for generations.
Now on to this guy. If you remember, we rescued him from "the dinner table" of one of my dad's coworkers thinking he would protect the hens from the wild animals. Well, after losing two hens when we first got him, he has figured out what his job is and is now so mean no one can get near him or walk by. He fights my parent's Norwegian Elkhound puppy, and has chased my neighbor all the way home.
But he takes good care of this lady:-) Don't tell my mother they ate her blueberries. She is ready to fry him, although she says he would be tough:-)
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