Last year when I was doing so much canning – about 180 quarts of tomatoes, tons of jams and jellies, and everything else I could find to can – several readers commented that we would never use everything I was putting up.
I knew I was canning way more than I canned in normal years but little did I know that the move would be happening this year and I would be canning nothing in 2011. With the canned food being stored in the basement, I don’t hesitate to keep it for two years. If I had canned only what we would use in one year, we’d be smack out of stuff. The movers would probably be happy but I’d be using storebought jelly and storebought canned tomatoes til next year and that would not make me very happy.
We never know what the future holds and sometimes when opportunities present themselves, such as all the tomatoes from the garden last year and all the fruit that came across my path, we just have to act on the opportunity and not ask “why” or “what if”.
In the last few weeks I’ve gotten emails from the local strawberry grower and now the local blueberry grower that it was time to pick the fruit. I’ve used up all the strawberries that we froze last year and still have a few blueberries left. Yesterday morning we had blueberry pancakes and this weekend I’ll make blueberry muffins. All our frozen foods must be used or given away before we move. I’ll move the canned goods but by this time next summer, all the home canned foods will be gone and I’ll be so looking forward to finding garden’s bounty in Texas!