Thursday, August 11, 2011

And the Winner Is ...

No one!

Thanks for all the guesses as to how many beans were sitting on my kitchen table.

The guys helped wash, snap and place the beans into jars -- and I did the actual pressure canning.

The beans gave us 86 quarts to process.

I am very thankful for each and every bean.  We all enjoy them, and many times it takes 2 quarts at a meal to fill everyone up.  Besides, it's prudent to can as much as possible during good years, since every year isn't always great for a particular garden vegetable.  Last year wasn't good for beans.

We'll see what happens if the bushes produce another bunch to pick!


Kimberly said...

I used to do beans when I had "big" eaters at home. I don't think I ever did that many at one time though. They look lovely. I find it a great satisfaction to see those jars sitting on my table ready for when I need them. Good job, Lynn. I think the only thing from my garden this year that I will have enough of to put away for winter is corn. Like you said it is good to make as much a certain year when you have a good harvest as you don't know if you will get a good harvest the next. I think my tomato products from last year will last to next. Blessings from one homemaker to another.

Holly said...

Lynn, what is your favorite variety of bean to plant? I have planted various stringless types, but last year got some "stringless" that were horribly stringy! Blek! I've tried purple beans a few times which turned out very nicely (they turn green when cooked). Just thought I'd ask the Queen of Beans which beans she's found best thus far.:>}Your family is blessed to have such fine fare to dine on!

Lynn Bartlett said...

Hi Kimberly,
I'm glad you'll be getting corn out of your garden -- ours if iffy. The stalks are VERY tall this year, but far from ready yet. We try to plant as much as we can and sell it Labor Day weekend since it's the last weekend for Lake Metigoshe people, but last year it ripened the weekend after that! So, we froze and canned quite a bit. I'm not sure how it will go this year.

And, I'm sure you must be gearing up for getting back into school!

Lynn Bartlett said...

Hey Wendy,
We plant Contender Beans every year, and they've been great for us. Maybe they grow a bit too well! Did some yesterday and will do more tomorrow. These were grown where we had pigs rooting up the corn stalks last year -- must have given us very fertile soil!

Anonymous said...

I am envious - no garden here this year. I am hoping next year - Tim and Louisa have blessed us with some tomatoes, broccoli, beans, peas, zucchini and cucumbers though.