I am a big tomato lover, however, after eating and sharing tomatoes, my tomato creativity began to wane and I was at a loss of what to do with all my tomatoes. A friend insisted canning and making salsa was a great way to enjoy the garden throughout the year. What? Canning…jars…lids…hot water…I wasn’t sure if canning was the right choice. Do people still can? Isn’t that something that was done before grocery stores sold salsa by the case? Well, I decided to dive into the canning experience, and I am here to tell you that canning is a great way to preserve your harvest! With the help of a patient friend, I was taken step by step through the canning process and created beautiful (and tasty) jars of salsa.
I often have people ask me, “Why should I make a quilt for my bed when I can just go to the store and buy something new?” This question relates well to the task of canning. Quilting, like canning requires time, instruction, and in the beginning it helps to have a good friend guide you through the process. Sure we can go to the store and purchase salsa or a quilt, but there is something magical that occurs when we partake in something that has been passed down through the generations. If you can teach someone a new skill…teach. If you have the opportunity to learn a new skill, dive in head first…past, present, and future generations will be happy you did!
Mandy C., Editorial Assistant