I can juice to drink, meat, vegetables, fruit, jams, pickles, relish, pie filling, and sauces. Everyday I open up at least one jar of food. Most days I open up and use 2 to 6 jars of food.
This group of jars makes an entire meal. The tall jar in the back is cider I canned in the fall. The quart jar on the left is venison. I made venison stroganoff with that. The quart jar in the middle is candy dill pickles. My husband loves to just eat them right out of the jar. The quart jar on the right is apple pie filling. I made an apple crisp with that. The pint jar in the front is carrots. We just ate them heated up with some butter. The jelly jar is full of grape jelly. Great on bread or homemade rolls.
I love to look at my pantry this time of year. As the shelves begin to get empty I can find some things I forgot I still had. It is nice to find a surprise. Especially when it is something my family really loves.
As I look over my shelves I start to take totals of what is left. I am out of pizza sauce but I still have plenty of spaghetti sauce. I still have plenty of green beans but I am running low on other vegetables. This also helps me determine what to can during the next canning season. Things that I ran out of early I try to make more of the following year. Some things I seem to have for a couple of years so I can less of that the following year.
It is so satisfying to be able to eat out of your pantry. I know that the food my family is eating is healthy and safe and I am saving a lot of money!!
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