Finished up with the strawberries this afternoon. Once they were cleaned and put into zip lock bags, there were 5 gallons of berries. Son had taken some home with him and I ate a couple of bowls full before bagging them to store in the fridge. Out of that 5 gallons I got 20 half pint jars of strawberry jam, 22 half pints of strawberry rhubarb sauce and 11 pints of canned strawberries. I'm thinking they will taste awfully good when the snow is falling and the wind is blowing about February.
So I am done canning and dehydrating for now...unless I find a good sale on something to can or dry. Peak season on cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes at the Farmers Market is in August. I think there are some dill pickles in my future as well as a good stash of my favorite bread and butters. Many times we think only about storing the basics - sugar, flour, beans, etc. But I believe it is also necessary to have on hand those things like jam or pickles or even candy to keep from getting totally burned out on food should the time come when our only option is what we have in our food storage. A little treat goes long way to help make life tolerable sometimes.