Monday, August 22, 2011

Preserving

How to Preserve a Husband
"Be careful in your selection. Do not choose too young. When selected, give your entire thoughts to preparation for domestic use. Some wives insist upon keeping them in a pickle, others are constantly getting them into hot water. This may make them sour, hard, and sometimes bitter; even poor varieties may be made sweet, tender and good, by garnishing them with patience, well sweetened with love and seasoned with kisses. Wrap them in a mantle of charity. Keep warm with a steady fire of domestic devotion and serve with peaches and cream. Thus prepared, they will keep for years."
This is what was in the back of a 1974 Ball canning book. I thought it was hilarious!
Here's another picture I took of the book to show what women were wearing while working hard in the kitchen.
Now for what I was really trying to post about. Ben and I canned peaches this weekend. Ben has seen/done it before as a boy, but I was a first timer with peaches. It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. We bought this bushel from a farmer, Mr. Burnham. He has a great farm about 45 minutes west of us. He also has apple orchards that we'll be visiting in about a month or two.



Hopefully I have preserved these peaches correctly and they will be enjoyable for the months and year ahead, but it will be a forever canning process to keep my sweetheart preserved ;)

9 comments:

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

haven't seen your blog in forever til you posted it on FB. Great job with the peaches. And oh yes, they are easy to can...just a bit sticky. In 1978 we were in WA for a Hatch Reunion. In the loft of the big great room at Robert's parents' home, were canned peaches. My wee kids freaked out when they saw grandma had canned the peaches and most of the jars had a spider in them. Not sure why but I can assure you we weren't interested in eating them. I see no spiders in your pix so they will be safe.

gigi said...

Love me some peach cobbler and made some for the family on Saturday. Your peaches should bring you lots of future enjoyment! Proud of you for learning to can your produce. Been trying to figure out how to get there for Apple picking time :)
Love yall.

Stan said...

CUTE blog Tara! Your peaches look terrific also :)

Cristie said...

ooops! Didn't notice Stan was signed in, not me ;) Funny to think that might be a comment from him!

Dena Fisher said...

Times have certainly changed, haven't they? And to think that Ben and Cory thought they would go to the football game while you and I stayed home to can peaches...silly husbands!

valerie said...

I love that poem! It made my day! I swear there is no bigger sense of accomplishment than standing back and looking at a counter full of canned fruits or vegetables. Sometimes I leave them there for a few days just to admire them! :) If you are interested, I have a wonderful apple pie filling recipe, pretty easy and super yummy!!

valerie said...

LOVE me some canned peaches! Way to go Domestic Goddess!!

mom h said...

those look so very pretty, good job

mom h said...

those look so very pretty, good job

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