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Old 08-08-2014, 08:45 PM   #11
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Kind of like putting food by?
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:52 PM   #12
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We can stuff from the garden cause we can't eat that much in that short time frame.

Makes no sense to grow it if you can eat it before it goes bad.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:38 AM   #13
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On year my daughter gave me five shopping bags full of fresh ripe peaches. So I went and bought a case of small canning jars. I had a deep pan to place the jars in after the peach jam was done and in the jars. The peach jam was delicious. I bought a small piece of gingham cloth and some raffia. Cut the cloth with pinking shears and tied the cloth over the covers with the raffia. Everyone I knew got two jars for Christmas. I made sure they got them the week before Christmas. A lot of the folks were planning on having a party and put the peach jam out with crackers. It was a big hit with everyone who tasted it.

For the rest of the year, every time I thought of all the work those little jars of peach jam cost me, I also got a nice warm feeling. I knew that the work was so well worth it. It brought a lot of happiness to people I cared about. I only wish I could still do it today.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:48 AM   #14
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On year my daughter gave me five shopping bags full of fresh ripe peaches. So I went and bought a case of small canning jars. I had a deep pan to place the jars in after the peach jam was done and in the jars. The peach jam was delicious. I bought a small piece of gingham cloth and some raffia. Cut the cloth with pinking shears and tied the cloth over the covers with the raffia. Everyone I knew got two jars for Christmas. I made sure they got them the week before Christmas. A lot of the folks were planning on having a party and put the peach jam out with crackers. It was a big hit with everyone who tasted it.



For the rest of the year, every time I thought of all the work those little jars of peach jam cost me, I also got a nice warm feeling. I knew that the work was so well worth it. It brought a lot of happiness to people I cared about. I only wish I could still do it today.

That's how I feel when I hand out home canned gifts. 😉
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:59 AM   #15
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Whether it is a canned jar of food that you put up yourself, or a craft project that you made, it gives the giver a warm sense of expression of love and caring for the recipient. And it is a feeling that stays with the giver for a long time. As a side benefit, it is a means for taking care of one's mental health.
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Whether it is a canned jar of food that you put up yourself, or a craft project that you made, it gives the giver a warm sense of expression of love and caring for the recipient. And it is a feeling that stays with the giver for a long time. As a side benefit, it is a means for taking care of one's mental health.
I don't can because I don't need to but I bake and make preserves. I sometimes make up hampers of home-made goodies for family Christmas presents and they always go down well. The hampers include a selection based on jams, marmalade, chutneys, pickled onions, fruit cake, shortbread and ginger oatie biscuits, a boozy Christmas pudding, some home-made fruit liqueur and sometimes a game terrine. I wouldn't feel the hampers were the same if I bought all the stuff in the supermarket and it would cost a great deal more.

As you say, it gives me a nice feeling.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:25 PM   #17
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When my friends get a basket like that for Christmas, they talk about it for days. They don't mention other presents. Just the "most thoughtful lovely gift basket" they got.
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When I get enough peaches, I can peaches in brandy.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:57 PM   #19
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Oh my!
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:10 PM   #20
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I can because it is so rewarding. I know what is in it,
better yet what's not in it.
I can lots of veggies, meat, I also can dry beans.
Make pickles and a few jams and jellies.
Freeze corn, peas, okra make sauer kraut.
If you come to visit my house you would be well fed.

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