The Can Can Girls: Brenda, Nancy, Renee, Jennifer, Lea and Mallory
The lovely ladies pictured above have all been canning together for quite awhile before I joined the group last year. Thus far, I have canned pickles, tomatoes, onion marmalade, and just this past weekend, chow chow and strawberry jam. These "Canning Summits" are quite an undertaking, as canning on such a large scale, requires lots of produce, jars and canners, along with nimble fingers to chop, stir, fill, wipe and seal. We all have a job assignment and work as a team, while the sounds of 80's songs and burbling pots provide the perfect background music. After a long morning of work, we sit down to lunch. This has become and event in and of itself. We are a group of passionate cooks, bakers and wine connoisseurs, and our afternoon meal is a genuine reflection of all of our collective talents.
With full bellies, we tackle the afternoon's task of filling and processing the remaining jars. Clean up, labeling and distribution cap off an exhausting, yet satisfying day of work and sisterhood. I covet my beautiful Ball jars, filled with good things that I helped to make. I know that these jars are just as precious to me, as those my grandmother's used to share with me. I feel honored to be able to spend the occasional Sunday afternoon with a group of women who's talents are great and who's passion for food and tradition equal my own.
|Adorable labels designed by Jennifer|
|Perfectly hand chopped veggies, cooking down for the chow chow. Thanks to Brenda, Mallory and Renee for sacrificing some of their Saturday morning for prep.|
|Chow Chow jars are filled and ready for processing|
|The strawberries must be stirred constantly|
|We know this is good, because we could not resist sneaking a taste|
|Lunch! Photo courtsey of Jennifer|
|Action Shot of me at the lid station|