There was a plan afoot with my sister…hit the farmers markets in Dutchess and Fairfield Counties and spend a day canning the bounty!
The quantities were astounding. Tomatoes from a New Jersey farm. 200 pounds of onions! The process required the entire kitchen and deck. The family began at 4 a.m. and planned to work until midnight and then start the process again the next day for the second batches! The yield is mind boggling for a family enterprise! Our plans for dilly beans and mango chutney seemed quite simple by comparison.
The day before the canning, I gathered the equipment, the vegetables. Covered the granite surfaces because there was a lot of vinegar involved, to protect from spills and once the process began at 10 a.m., there was no stopping! After 4 hours, we had some delicious mango chutney canned along with some dilly beans. I marvelled at what we had done – my first attempt! But I was even more incredulous at what the Greenwich canners had produced! We had so much fun that we plan to do it again. We also made basil pesto, but as I told you in an earlier post, my cameras were stolen, and I am limping along with the I Phone.
Sorry about the quality of the photographs, but do tell me if you are attempting to can this year!