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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I Can Because I Can

I saw an apron at Meijer's the other day with the title of this post on it, it got me thinking. There are many reasons to can: to enjoy garden fresh produce all winter long, to provide healthy nutritious food for your family, to stockpile for lean times, because you enjoy it, to be able to stand back and look at what you've accomplished, or because you can.

All of those reasons apply to me. It is very satisfying to look back and actually see what you've accomplished, to eat fresh peas in the dead of winter, and to know that you have some healthy food stored up when you need it. But part of the reason I can is because, I can. At this time in my life I am able to pick green beans, pull some weeds, stand over a hot stove while making jams or jellies, and keep an eye on a pressure canner while it does its thing. There may come a day when I can't do those things, but it isn't today. The good Lord has given me the opportunity, the ability, and the knowledge to can. So, to be a good steward of all that he has given me, including the produce, I can. My back may be hurting and me feet swollen at the end of the day, but I really believe when you quit doing what you can do, life just will not be as good.

There are many people out there who can can for various reasons. Some are not physically able. Some don't have the equipment, the knowledge, the space, etc.  Some just don't care enough to try they are like the Grasshopper in the old story "The Ant & The Grasshopper". But if you have what it takes to can, I encourage you to can. At the end of the day you will see your accomplishments!

Canning Cupboard

Some of this year's bounty

I Can Because I Can

Have a great day!
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  1. Hi Mae! I can because I can too! I really enjoy canning! It's like an addiction at times! Some weeks when I don't have anything to can or freeze, I try to find something to can. Mostly this occurs in summer. There may be a few weeks in between the chaos that I don't have anything to can. During the winter, I can dry beans. It is so satisfying to look in the pantry and see all those full jars of food! Your pantry looks nice! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

    1. I know exactly what you mean! I am actually taking a day off work tomorrow to can. The garden is exploding and I can't stand to see it go to waste! That really isn't a pantry it's a china hutch, but I thought my jars were pretty enough to show off. LOL