Of course, my excitement over the canning for tomorrow caused me to make a very foolish decision to start hot pepper jelly at 9pm. I was unaware that it needs to sit overnight so there will be no gratification until the morning. Bummer. My recipe calls for 2.5 pounds of peppers, diced. This task became depressing after about a pound or so, until I realized I could pulse the peppers in the food processor. Since I have enough peppers to do at least another batch, I am a little less intimidated by the prospect now. Now then, it is off to bed for me as I will have to finish the jelly in the morning before heading off to the tomatoes. Sunday is reserved for peaches so that I have the bulk of things done before the week begins and we are back to the chaos that is our current life.
Does anyone else wake up in the morning and think to themselves that they need a new challenge for the day? Anyone? Today was one such day. I woke up and decided that I was going to learn how to can peaches. And so I did. I straight to the market and bought 1/2 a bushel which probably won’t really be ripe until Sunday, so I also got a 1/2 peck of ripe ones to learn on. I netted 6 pints and a lot of self worth. It was easy as pie and I’m actually looking forward to canning the rest. I know, pregnancy makes me weird.
This afternoon I then went to pick up my order of 2 bushels of tomatoes for the canning extravaganza tomorrow. Emily and I plan to get as much canning as can done because the church is willing to let us use their industrial kitchen. Pretty sweet, huh? I’ll take photos as the day progresses, I can’t wait to share!