Those Frustrating Canning Moments

If you’re a home canner or preserver, you know what I’m talking about. It’s hard work to can your own food. When something goes wrong, it sometimes feels like you wasted a lot of time and effort on that project. I had one of those moments yesterday.

I decided to try a new recipe for sweet relish. I had all of the ingredients on hand and needed to use up some of the cucumbers from the garden. After chopping all of the veggies, soaking them for several hours, mixing up the brine and then cooking off the rest of the ingredients…the three pints of relish it was supposed to make came out to one. Just one. One measly jar of relish. On top of that, I still had a whole quart of brine left. I have no idea what happened. I followed the recipe exactly. I ended up processing the jar anyway since I had everything set up and ready to go. I kept the brine and will probably prep some more veggies and have another go at it, but sheesh…it is so frustrating!

On a more positive note: Yesterday I also purchased a rotisserie chicken for $3.99. I made a big batch of chicken salad with grapes and almonds. I then put the carcass, some seasoning and all of my veggie scraps into the crockpot. I filled the crock with water and let it simmer on low all night. This morning, I strained the broth, brought it up to a boil and then processed it in my pressure canner at 11 PSI for 25 minutes. I now have three quarts of beautiful chicken broth to use at a later date.

I guess you win some and you lose some. It all evens out in the end! 🙂


About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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3 Responses to Those Frustrating Canning Moments

  1. Allison says:

    Oh I totally know what you mean! I recently made pickled watermelon rind– but from a small watermelon instead of a large one. I still thought it would yield 2-3 jars to process, but after all that work and all the steps to simmer it in brine, etc., the rind had reduced so much, it only filled 1 jar! I’m going to wait and make it again with a much bigger watermelon (or two…) before blogging about it.

    • So you feel my pain?! hahahaha We grew every veggie that was in that relish, but I still figure it cost me about $2 in spices, vinegar, electricity and water. That is one pricey jar of relish! 🙂

      • Allison says:

        Yes I do! Luckily I didn’t have much extra brine leftover, but my one pricey jar of watermelon rind pickle felt expensive in terms of electricity, water, and– most of all– time!

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