Not only did we make our own laundry detergent this weekend, we did ALOT of canning! Its getting closer to spring time and we needed to get our freezers cleared out of all the berries and juice we had prepared last year that wasnt made into jams & jellies then. Since it was an unusually cold weekend here in South Louisiana, we decided this was a perfect weekend to do some canning.
First up was Mayhaw Jelly: This weekend we put up 48 1/2 pint jars of Mayhaw Jelly which is one of our favorites!
This is the shelf in my sunroom where the jelly did its final cooling before being moved to the overflow pantry area in the laundry room.
Second up was Strawberry Jam: This weekend resulted in 72 1/2 pint jars of Strawberry Jam which is BY FAR my children’s favorite. We usually go through 1 or 2 jars a week at our house.
Dont those strawberries look delicious!
Of course…. using a burner on the front porch sure does make that water bath boil faster than on the stove and we dont heat the house up as much either!
And you simply CAN NOT spend a day of cooking during Mardi Gras season without eating King Cake while you cook! lol
I even had my hubby in the kitchen cooking. He was stirring the jelly here, but see that pot in the back? That was his delicious vegetable beef soup simmering to perfection!
The BEST part about cold weather is hot food!
Hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did!