Monday, September 26, 2011

Put 'Em Up! What We Stored for Winter...So Far

Not willing to let a gimpy computer that won't recognize external drives prevent me from blogging, I searched through the photos on the hard drive until I found this one, which in turn inspired me to make a quick accounting of the food I've put up for the winter.  After a search through various cabinets and the freezer, here's what I came up with:

Apple Butter: 16 pints
Apple Sauce: 27 quarts
Grape Jam: 8 pints, 1 half-pint
Peaches: 28 quarts
Peach Jam: 10 half-pints, 5 pints
Pickles: 23 pints
Strawberry Jam: 4 pints, 4 half-pints
Tomatoes: 12 paultry quarts (tomatoes didn't do so well this year)
Tomato Bruscetta: 9 half-pints
Tomato Sauce: 7 half-pints, 2 pints

Chicken: I think we have about 18 left.  We eat a lot of chicken, and I lost one in a little tragedy last week involving my former crock pot.
Corn: 6 gallon size bags
Green Beans: 7 gallon size bags
Grapes: 2 gallon size bags remaining
Grape Syrup: 7 2-cup containers (Post coming as soon as we find a good deal on a new computer!)
Peaches: 2 gallon size bags remaining
Pesto: This I freeze in ice cube trays before transferring to a freezer bag.  I'm guessing we have about 70 little cubes of pesto.
Pumpkins: Still in process.  I was bummed to hear that it's relatively unsafe to can pumpkins at home, so I've resorted to freezing.  I have 11 cups worth in freezer bags so far, and estimate that's probably about one forth of what I'll end up with.
Tomatoes: 3 gallon size bags
Zucchini (shredded):  11 6-cup bags

Butternut Squash: I harvested 16 of these and am hoping they hold up for a few months.  Otherwise, into the freezer they'll go.

Everyone's list of what they put up for the winter is different. For us, I try to limit it to what I know we'll eat and what I can either grow or buy for a reasonable price please note that of all the above, I didn't grow any of the fruit or corn, though I hope to in the future.  I also tend to make a lot of jam because we like this on pancakes.  Seriously, once you make your own maple syrup for practically nothing, it's physically painful to buy it from the store!

I'd love to hear about what your family stores for winter!  And be sure to click here to read other fabulous posts on Homestead Revival's Barn Hop!


  1. Wow! Sounds like you have been busy!

  2. My goodness!! You sure have been busy with canning- wish I could harvest and preserve as much as you. Maybe one day I will get there!

  3. I love hearing about what others put up for winter. Sounds like you've been busy!

  4. Wow, that is a tonne of work...but what a wonderful bounty for winter.


  5. Thanks, everyone! This post has also given me an idea of what I want to plant more of/less of this spring. I'll have to write about that soon.

  6. Awesome! I hope your shredded zucchini fares better than mine did the time I tried it.

    It is a bummer that yellow squash and pumpkin aren't safe to can :-(

  7. girl, this rocks! peaches were great this year too, so glad you got to save a bunch.

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