Belatedly, as this took place in early July...
|Cucumbers shredded for relish|
|Onions cleaned, to be diced for relish|
|Dye for lime pickles|
|First round of cherries being washed. 36 lbs total|
|Various pitting tools...|
We broke the spring-loaded pitter, and in the breaking decided how we would completely redesign it.
By the end, we were pretty efficient with knives.
|My first canning casualty, it exploded promptly on being placed in the canner.|
What a sticky mess!
|End of the day...|
Many, many jars of sweet cherries in light syrup
One batch of lime pickles
One batch of relish.
Onions were grown at Purgatory Ranch. Pickles came from our in town garden or (mostly) from our good friends.
With gratitude to the friends who picked up the cherries, cut the onions, and pitted the lion's share of cherries (this includes James!), I declare we had a successful canning day, even for the two pregnant women involved.
Until next time, remember, this is not paradise. It's Purgatory Ranch.