I have long fantasized about canning. How I would get all of the equipment, make lots of jam and sauces and can all of our tomatoes and green beans and peaches and anything else you can put in a jar as a way to make our farm share last year round, to avoid vegetables spoiling because we did not eat them in time, to continue to teach my daughter how to own what she eats, how to cook and how to prepare just about anything (a skill I learned from my mother and value to this day)…but, the reality is that I will likely never take up canning. I have too many things on my list of things to do and things I would like to do and at the moment, canning is kind of far down on that list. Yes, I love the idea of it, but I know the reality is that I would get all of the equipment and it would take up lots and lots of space and I would always say I was going to use it, while feeling guilty about not using it, then rationalizing my guilt by stating out loud how I just don't have enough time to use it…so, to save us all from that unnecessary chain of events, Karen Solomon has written this book.
In this book, I can indulge in all of the things I think I love about the idea of canning by taking on tiny projects, one at a time, without purchasing a whole bunch of equipment that will not get used. Like, for instance, the pickling project Parker and I did over the weekend. We took a few carrots, green beans and cucumbers and we pickled them! It was easy and delightful and we both learned how to quickly and deliciously extend the life of a vegetable. Perhaps next weekend we will learn to make marshmallows.