Adventures in Ball canning! I canâ€™t believe that I made 3 half pints of blueberry jam and 7 jars of pickles today â€“ it was a long process, but really fun to do.
Our day started by heading to the Atherton Market, which features mostly local and organic produce and meats. I had fun talking to all the local farmers and hearing about the local CSAs (community supported agriculture). I think we might join one and get a shipment of fresh veg every week!
I picked up four pounds of pickling cucumbers and four quarts of blueberries.
We also had to stop at Wal-Mart to pick up extra cans because the Ball Discovery Kit (which is only $11.50) comes with three cans.
First up was the blueberries!
I combined four quarts of blueberries with six cups of sugar. I gave the mix a whirl in the food processor before heating to a low boil on the stovetop for about an hour, or until it began to gel.
Then, I followed the process outlined in the Ball kit for processing the jars. Iâ€™m not sure it worked 100% because the jars were half full? They seem to be sealed! Worse case, we throw them all in the fridge and eat them really fast.
I tasted it, and it was GOOD.
Next up was the pickles! My mother-in-law did most of the grunt work for the pickles because I was prepping the jars. We made spears and sandwich thins.
In four weeks, weâ€™ll have pickles (I hope)!
Want to WIN the Ball Discovery Kit so you can begin canning, too? Simply leave a comment on this post saying what youâ€™d most like to can â€“ fruit, veggies, meat, soups? For a few ideas, check out the recipe list on Ballâ€™s website. Let me know, and Iâ€™ll choose a winner on Monday afternoon!
Canning was a very time-intensive process, so I took a break for lunch.
Baked tofu, spinach, tabbouleh, tomato, and mustard on Honey Whole Wheat:
And chips with salsa!
And my very epic snackâ€¦
Banana soft serve, nuts, and blueberries! Absolutely so indulgent-tasting but super healthy.
And a piece of chocolate chip cookie:
Itâ€™s a rest day from running, but I am about to take James on a long walk. He enjoys them so much (I do, too!). Heâ€™s getting more exercise than ever before in Charlotte!
Donâ€™t forget â€“ tell me what youâ€™d like to can for a chance to win the Discovery Kit!