My goal has been to get my pantry as full as possible with goodies to last us through the winter. The heating bill does some major damage to the winter budget, so the less trips I have to take to the grocery, the better.
I cannot remember if I mentioned it here, but Hubs was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. This means more fruits, vegetables and….beans! We all know beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber, so I bought a bag of dried pinto beans and decided to can them in pint jars. One bag of dried beans yielded 7 pints plus one meal’s worth of soup beans (so probably about 9 pints).
I got the recipe at Simply Canning. I won’t give a step-by-step here because the lady over there does such an excellent job. Her site is a fantastic resource for all things canning, from meats to apples! It is so nice to be able to go to the freezer or pantry and just grab what you need. And having a stocked pantry also means there is always something on hand for when guests show up or if there is a special meal at church.
Pantry To-Do List:
6 pounds of apples, can in slices for pies, cobblers or baked apples
1 bag of Northern Beans to can
7 cushaw remain to be pureed and frozen
3 pounds of potatoes to be canned
Lots of sweet potatoes to harvest and can (I know, it is quite late but we just haven’t gotten around to digging them up yet!)