The canned vegetables have to be sorted as does the variety of tomato products. There are green beans and squash as well as a few jars of sweet corn. The relishes and chow chows have their own section.
Of course my personal favorite is the jelly jars. Pretty 1/2 pints of basically colored sugar!
There is Basil Jelly that is a pretty pale green, Tomato jelly a rich red and Spicy Tomato jelly which is a paler, more translucent red. Hot pepper Jelly that is a dark green and Sweet pepper jelly that is a pretty medium green.Sweet Red Pepper jelly is the prettiest as it is a pale red with tiny flecks of dark red pepper in it.
These are our treats, they are the most fun to make and always special to break out a jar. We know they are technically bad for us with all the sugar but they teach us appreciation and moderation. These are the jars I label with pretty flowery and colorful labels, these are what we give as gifts for Christmas.
We took a Jar of the Hot pepper Jelly and the Sweet Red Pepper jelly to give to Dan at our feed store. He is Amish and had mentioned his sons love really hot stuff and always see who can eat the most of something that can peel paint! He says he just like normal things so we told him the Sweet Pepper jelly was for him.
The Hot pepper Jelly is made with our own peppers, Craig's Grande Jalapeno. I know from experience that home grown peppers are hotter than most store peppers so I cut back the amount of Jalapeno's I used by more than half. The taste is wonderful.......for about 5 seconds, then the firey furnace of Jalapeno kicks in and belts you a good one. It is far too hot for us.
I asked Dan if his sons had liked the jelly the last trip to the feedmill we made and he said something interesting. He said they had not opened the jars yet, they were enjoying how pretty they are. He said they look forward to opening them for sure but feel gifts are to be savored and enjoyed not just gobbled up as soon as you get them.
That made us think about our canning, not just the jelly but all of the good things we have laid away for our use. Being able to can the good things from around us is a gift. Something we may not take enough time to appreciate and enjoy. So look at your shelves of home canning and see how beautiful they look, savor the anticipation of opening them to make a meal.
We are blessed with plenty in this country and even the poor have so much more than people do in other countries. I am so pleased to be able to gift with canning and enjoy the work and effort that goes into making foods with love.
Take care everyone and God Bless.