I'm not sure how long my brother and his wife have been canning beans and pickles (okra next year please) but their batches get better every year. Oooo, now that I start thinking about it they made this spicy pear compote that was awesome and another time they made apple chutney, it is apple season. Can you grow asparagus in Portland? Hint-hint.
Anyway, I am finally getting into the game. Brother helped me pick out the Ball canning kit and I feel pretty good about it. It came with a cook book but I couldn't help but to also buy Well Preserved, Evan told me to. I just love her.
So my first lesson was that you cannot can pesto. So after all this excitement and hoopla I will still be freezing the huge batch I am going to make this weekend.
Perhaps apple chutney is in my future.