Sunday, March 30, 2008

Canning


These beauties were canned by none other than... (DRUM-ROLL, PLEASE) ... Kit! Kit is into pickling and canning lately. For his birthday he got a canner, rack, tools (tongs, etc.) and book-o-canning by Ball. It is a huge book!! He has been perusing it faithfully and looking for produce in season so he can affordably can. I'm thankful for his interest in cooking, recipe finding and preserving since I get to taste the yummy results!!! He even finagled my boys into helping so I could run a couple of errands and work on my sharing time (what a wonderful Daddy!). Gavin was a little work-horse. He loves to help in the kitchen, especially with his Daddy. Be forewarned, however, of stinky breath. Kit pickled garlic ('cause I love it!) and tomatillo salsa. The Applegate household will have pungent breath in a few weeks when it is ready to devour!

Here's the video Kit captured of the boys...I know we've added quite a LOT of videos lately, but bear with me, I can't help but show off my boys!

video

8 comments:

Andrea said...

WOW! Your family is amazing. I love the canning. My mom used to can, but I never have attempted it. The food looks absolutely beautiful in the jars. I found it funny what you wrote about the garlic breath. The Odom family LOVES garlic too (maybe a little too much). How great is it that Kit loves to cook? You are soo lucky and I love that your boys are helping. You could tell that they were taking their jobs so seriously. Too cute! Has Kit ever thought about submitting a recipe to the Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown? I really think that he should.

Jill said...

WOW! What a neat idea for a birthday gift and that's awesome that Kit's already using them! (plus letting you take some time off, too!)

Mere said...

I tried my hand at canning last year and did some strawberry syrup, freezer jam, and some salsa. I think I got the hottest peppers around though (and I didn't wear the right type of gloves) and my hands literally felt like they were on fire for about 12 hours afterwards. I never even tried the salsa after I made it, so who even knows if it will ever be consumed.

This year, I'm determined to try something new, though I'm finding that a lot of vegetables need to be pressure cooked, and I don't have one of those.

Grammy said...

Yummy! The filled jars look beautiful! Kit's Grandma Heath would be so proud. She loved to can, everything had to be put in the jars just right. I can remember pains takingly placing every peach and pear in the right spot and facing the right direction. I'm so glad that the little boys are such great helper. I loved the video. Keep them coming!

the Hurst's said...

YUMMO!!! that's so neat. I'd love to try it someday myself. What a motivated person Kit is, and to allow mommy to stray on top of that..WOW, simply brave.

Steph said...

Yay, Kit you expert canner!! I am so impressed...and "Daddy Time" to boot! Look at you go...and of course the kiddos are so cute. Thank you for the vidio, it makes an auntie's heart swell.

whitney said...

I love how seriously Gav and Jos (but especially Gav-he can't even be bothered to comment:) take the whole task. They are peeling those tomatillos come hell or highwater. Ezra's the same way about helping me cook in the kitchen. Helping mom "make sugar" is just the best thing ever in his opinion.

It sounds really silly, but your picture w/the cans and the flowers just looks lovely against your blog background. I'm a nerd, what can I say?:P

Heidi said...

WOW!!!...I don't know what else to say...but I am IMPRESSED!