Drunken Pears - A kicked up version of Spirited Pears

This is the first year that our dwarf pear trees have produced really well.  We had a beautiful harvest of pears that I happily preserved for eating later in the year when fruit is scarce on the homestead.

I was blessed this year with an abundance of zucchini.  I had already been pickling it, dehydrating it and pressure canned some too.  I just happen to also have an abundance of tomatoes at this time also.  It was while my granddaughter was here visiting that had some tomatoes that needed to be preserved before we went on a grandma/granddaughter trip the next day.  I remembered that my grandmother used to can tomatoes with zucchini when I was visiting her as a child.  That was the ticket !  I would can them together and get the counter cleaned off of zucchini and tomatoes before our little trip.  I am looking forward to using these this winter to make all kinds of wonderful soups and sauces.

Pressure Canned Tomatoes and Zucchini - makes 7 quarts

Something happened to me the other day that made me think that I should really share some information just in case there are a few people out there that do not know about the dangers of improperly canned foods.  At this time I am talking about home canned foods but it can also happen with store-bought can food.

I like to have butter in my emergency stores and also when we go camping.  What I do not like is paying over 20.00 for canned butter for some company on the Internet.  So when the goats are producing at rates that allow for extra butter or when there is a great sale on great butter then I can it up to make sure I have butter all the time - with or without refrigeration.

Every homesteader that cans on a regular basis knows that one of the expenses with canning that keeps recurring is the purchasing of canning lids.  We can reuse the jars.  We can reuse the bands but not the lids.  Well, that was until now.  Tattler came out with some reusable canning lids with rubber seals that can be washed and reused.