I recall those days as a child when my mother and grandmothers, aunts, friends were doing the putting down in the fall. I wanted to grow up so that I could join them. I remember my grandmother in Manitoba taking me with her down to her root cellar to collect items for the day's meals. I couldn't believe how much was down there. She canned just about everything - no power - no refrigeration (not even an ice box). I remember how good everything tasted. And I'll never forget her canned chickens. So good!!
I did some canning myself while my kids were little, but like you, I do not do it anymore, mainly because I work too much!! But I sure did enjoy the fruits of the labour, even though it was a lot of time consuming work.
Take care, Sharon and thanks for the memories
So glad you have good memories too. I have another article about Root Cellars, it ran sometime last fall, you might enjoy it as well. It will be listed on my home page when you have time to read it.
Great to hear from you again, but canned chicken??? Really? I can't imagine canning a chicken.
Time and work does change a lot of things, doesn't it?
Take care, thanks for writing, it's always good to hear from you.
Sharon, those canned chickens were sooo good!! When I met my husband, we lived in Edmonton, Alberta - late 60's - and we used to be able to buy canned chicken and canned bacon in stores at that time, and the chicken reminded me so much of my grandmother's. The bacon is wonderful too! They were from Denmark, I believe. Tulip brand, I believe?? - don't know if you ever got them in the States, but I would assume so.
After 30 years I am gardening and canning again. I am having so much fun and the activity is bringing back memories of those same acitvities with my mother and grandmother. It is never too late to start again.
Thank you for all of your articles. I have gone back and read them with so much enjoyment.
Your memories stir mine.