Cleaning out my chest freezer is proving to be interesting. I have found all sorts of things I had forgotten were there.
I knew about the gallon bags of cranberries. I have been putting off dealing with them, I suppose, because I knew the work involved. But I finally dragged them all out and thawed them. I intended to make juice to can, but the recipe I use calls for much lifting of heavy pots and straining of berries and time standing on my feet stirring. My physical limitations put the brakes on that idea. So I just filled jars with the thawed berries. I used plain water instead of the usual sugar syrup. By canning them in water I can use the cranberries multiple ways - for cranberry sauce, in muffins or cranberry bread, or I can make juice, a couple of jars at a time. I wound up with 20 pints and 20 quarts of whole cranberries.
I found seven one-pound packages of yeast. Those I stacked in my closet pantry.
I also found a bunch of those small snack sized Ziploc bags full of chopped onions. I thawed them out, cooked them until they were translucent, packed them in half pint jars and pressure canned them for 45 minutes. I got 7 jars of onions. I usually use my dehydrated onions for cooking, but these canned ones are handy for when I need onions for dishes like hamburgers or meatloaf.
The next projects are a stack of quart freezer bags full of pumpkin puree to be dehydrated and a layer of quart bags full of sliced apples to be turned into applesauce. Those are going to wait a few days until the latest arthritis flareup subsides. Until then, it is quiet time for this chubby granny.
I can hardly wait to see what treasures lay underneath the apples. :)
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