Why, hello there! Long time, no see. I’ve been kinda M.I.A. over the past few months, haven’t I? Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with me not wanting to write here (oh, do I want to write here!). It has everything to do with the fact that I am drowning in produce to preserve! I don’t think I quite realized how much my life was going to revolve around blanching, chopping, canning, freezing, and drying food when I signed on for the 1000 Jar Project.
I will write a big post with all of my thoughts about the 1000 Jar Project when the preserving season is over, but I’ll tell you right now, I’m feeling conflicted about the whole thing. When I go down into my basement pantry and see hundreds of jars of healthy produce waiting to be used throughout the winter, I get giddy. But when I have to skip going to the park with my kid because I have three bushels of ripe tomatoes sitting in my house? I get a little stabby.
We live in a day and age where we don’t need to preserve all of our own food for the winter, so canning is just a fun hobby for the vast majority of us. And like all things in life, our hobbies need to be approached with moderation or they stop being fun. I’m pretty much the queen of taking my hobbies, blowing them out of proportion, and sucking all the fun out of them.
Thankfully, the canning season is starting to wind down. I’m done canning tomatoes (I have a few more on the vine that I plan on freezing). And right now, I’m working on the second-to-last big fruit preserving push of the season—peaches! If I had to pick one crop that I would be sure to preserve each year, it’d be peaches. They are such a fleeting crop, and when they are ripe and coming off, they can’t be beat.
We have a low-spray fruit orchard about 10 minutes from our house where we can get peaches for a whopping $1 per pound. The trees are bowing over with fruit, and the picking is fast. Too fast. As in, we always go in with a pre-determined limit in mind, and end up getting way more than we bargained for. It took us about seven minutes to pick 150 pounds of peaches last week. We had planned on getting 50 pounds. See what I mean about blowing things out of proportion?