Friday, July 29, 2011

Amy's Old School Tips - Canning Season

Remember the old Bug's Bunny cartoon where Bugs and Daffy are moving Elmer Fuds Gun back and forth pronouncing it Rabbit or Duck hunting season trying to get the other one shot? Well, I officially announce the opening of Canning Season!

My mini garden is about a 5'x3' feet patch of dirt that I experiment planting things to see if they really do need full sun in order to thrive. I have discovered that my shady little plot has one good spot to put a tomato plant and that my mint thrives no matter what the weather, so much so that I have decided to make mint jelly to give as gifts this next holiday season, thanks to RetroTrend for the idea!

Isn't this watering can a fabulous retro color?!  
And it has such fun lines to it, making a chore a pleasure! 

1970s orange EMSA plastic watering can By: ObjectRetro

Here are some fabulous vintage jars that would make perfect presents filled with my homemade concoctions! The Year Round Preserving book would have great recipes and shows how canning was a part of everyone's summer  experience in the past! Want to make some cherry pie or jam? The pitter will make the job go much faster with vintage flair!

Vintage Blue Ball Jar with Glass Lids By: CheekyVintageCloset

I have canned a couple times and am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination so, for good information on the technical side of canning you can check out the National Center for Home Food Preservation. And, if you don't have a garden you can go to your local farmers market and pick up fresh items to preserve. If you know a number of friends with gardens have a canning party, where each person brings something different and work together to can a variety of things to trade! Now is the time to start working on homemade gifts to give on the holidays! 

Wouldn't you look cute carrying this basket to the farmers market?!


Herbal infused oils/vinegar 

Watch out Mint, it is now Canning Season! 

What have you canned before, are you an expert? What are you going to can? Do you have a garden and have you visited your local farmers market this summer! What ideas do you have for incorporating vintage items, food and gifts? I am excited to hear everyone's ideas! 


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