Wednesday, July 9, 2008

First of the Season....

So tonight after dinner Michael and I got busy. He is our 15 year old and has proven himself once again. Last year he was a great help to me during canning season and once again he has stepped up and helped me out. Michael pitted 7 quarts of cherries using the cherry stoner. If you don't know about these, they are awesome. They make quick work of pitting cherries. I picked mine up a few years ago at the local hardware for less than twenty bucks. It has really been a time saver.

So pictured is my propane canner that I set up outside. Boy it sure did keep the house cool and the water bath canner came to a boil in no time. I highly recommend this set-up.

I canned 6 quarts and one pint of cherry pie filling. This will be awesome to have on hand during the busy holidays for awesome pies. I still have lots of cherries chillin in the fridge and am still on the lookout for awesome recipes. Send 'em my way.....I'm thinking maybe I will do bourbon cherries. I have a friend that did some last year and then took them out of the liquid and dipped them in chocolate......yummo!!!!


Kathie said...

Yum! I have one of those pitters and love it too (its Jeff's job). I emailed you my cherry sauce recipe. I always do a few pints of brandied cherries every year too - fill pint with cherries with a few sprinkles of sugar in between the layers. Top off with brandy. Boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Let sit for 6 months before eating for optimum flavor.

Carla said...

Oh, I love your outside canner stove set-up - my neighbor down in Pocatello used to do that w/a single burner stove. I often wonder where she got it.
May I ask where you got yours & what brand it is? It looks like more than what I was picturing in my ming (a 2-burner Coleman campstove)
I think part of my reluctance to start canning again is the memory of the hot kitchen (back in the late 60s-early 70s).
Carla in CDA

Kelli said...

I love the propane burner. It worked just like I hoped it would. I purchased it at Black Sheep there in CDA. The brand is Cook Chef and it was $84.95. I think it is going to be worth its weight in gold.