With the aid of a library book and some spare time on a Saturday afternoon, I just canned my first ever batch of anything!
I headed out to the blueberry farm early Saturday morning, and was able to pick eight pounds of blueberries in about an hour. From the there I went the farmers market and bought cucumbers and onions for pickling.
As this was my first attempt at canning, I learned a lot about the setup and having everything in the right order during the first batch. After that, it seemed to go quite smoothly. It just takes a little time.
Of course I will withhold total excitement until after I taste this stuff in the coming weeks and months. But the process is logical. Very much like a chemistry project where everything must be done in the proper order and at the precise moment (although with canning I think the timing is a little more forgiving). The tally for the weekend: 10 pint jars of blueberry pie filling and 4 pint jars of pickles.