Well, folks, I'm back from my unplanned blogging hiatus. Everything is fine here -- no tragedies or major crises. Just everyday life with small children, as well as hot days with no a/c and some hip pain that make sitting in front of the computer highly unattractive.
July's Green Moms Carnival is all about food preservation. Food preservation is something I really want to attempt this summer and fall. I wanted to try freezer jam and write about it for the carnival, but haven't managed to do it yet, so instead my food preservation is limited to freezing baked goods:
The carnival, hosted by Farmer's Daughter, has some fabulous ideas for freezing, canning, drying and more. I'm looking forward to browsing all the posts myself. I do still plan to make strawberry freezer jam using organic strawberries from my farmers' market, so if you have a great recipe (especially one that uses less sugar or a natural sweetener like honey instead of sugar), please send it my way.
I also recently discovered that I have a friend who cans, and she has very generously offered to help me can tomatoes this year. I hope to can enough tomatoes so that I don't have to use any store-bought canned tomatoes this year. I have eliminated almost all canned food from my diet, but still rely on canned diced tomatoes and tomato sauce for several recipes when tomatoes are out of season, which I would like to stop doing, especially since tomatoes are acidic and more likely to contain plastic that has leached from the can lining. And wouldn't it be so lovely to use reusable glass jars instead? Yes, it would.
So those are my high hopes for food preservation during this summer's harvest: strawberry freezer jam and canned tomatoes. And maybe I'll try drying some fruit as well, just for kicks.
What are your food preservation plans and aspirations for this summer and fall?