I am wife to a magnificent man and mother to five wonderful children. Three of my children were born in the Northwest and two were born thousands of miles away in Liberia, West Africa. Birthplace is no matter, all of my children were born in my heart. This is our journey.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fruit and my kids

It's really hard for me to keep fruit in the house around here. It is a great snack and the kids love it. Five kids eating fruit twice a day = 10 pieces of fruit per day. Of course, then Steve and I eat some as well. Being busy daily means I don't have time to run to the store all the time as well as the expense in the winter time means less fruit buying that time of year. About five years ago we came up with solution of canning fruit in the summer when it's fresh and less expensive.

Canning the fruit is really quite simple. Normally I don't can pears until summer but our local fruit guy got a shipment in and at $.37/lb who was I to argue?
The clincher for me was that doing it now means I won't need to do it while I am in the middle of green beans and pickling cucs.

We are often given pears that time of year and if we are I will still can them then. But this way, the pressure is off. Three hours with my two oldest and we put up 28 quarts of pears. I will still can some this summer if we get them but I won't feel like I need to process every last one for later. I have a head start!


samantha said...

I would love to learn how to can. My kiddos go through so much fruit, and this does help save money!

Heidi Girl said...

I love it too because it cuts down on the amount of sugar my kids consume. I can only with honey and am thankful for one more chance to cut out the sugar. I love how so many families are returning to the old ways these days!!

daughtersfather said...

Pears with maynonnaise. Mmmmmmm-good. I'm coming down there.

MommaofMany said...

I am impressed. That is a LOT of jars in very little time! Good for you and your kiddos!