One of the ways of being more self-sufficient is to preserve your harvest. This may involve canning or freezing the things you grow yourself or perhaps you buy from the local Farmer’s Market or local farm stands. There are many canning recipes for June.
Rhubarb is one of the first crops in my garden that needs preserving. I grow much more rhubarb than I need. In the past I have even bartered rhubarb for bread!
There are many ways to enjoy rhubarb right out of the garden but I also enjoy preserving rhubarb to enjoy later in the year. Rhubarb is easily frozen and does not require thawing before using it in a recipe.
Besides having frozen rhubarb in the freezer there are also several canning recipes I make. My favorite canning recipe for June is my special Rhubarbeque Sauce. It is perfect on grilled pork or chicken. You can always find this special sauce in my pantry.
Another favorite canning recipe is Apple Rhubarb Chutney. I have a favorite canning cookbook called Small Batch Canning. The recipes in this book only make small batches which is perfect for my husband and I.
The last rhubarb canning recipe is Rhubarb Jam. I love this jam; it is equally good on chicken or on a piece of toast for breakfast!
Other canning recipes for June involve strawberries. We have a small strawberry patch and a large field full of field strawberries. Besides freezing strawberries I also make a wonderful Strawberry Fig Jam. This recipe is another one from the book Small Batch Preserving. They said, “This jam is so good it disappears from the shelf. The fresh figs lend an amazing texture and taste to the strawberries. Be sure to make as much of it as jar and cupboard space allow whenever you can get your hands on fresh figs.” It is my favorite jam and never lasts long enough!
If you haven’t used all your strawberries making jam, another canning recipe for June is Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup. This syrup is perfect drizzled over plain yogurt or served with pound cake, a little bit of summertime to enjoy in the winter.
Becoming more self-sufficient is an ongoing process. If you have never tried canning before any of these recipes are a wonder way to get started. You only need a water bath canner and you’re good to go! Take your first step toward being self-sufficient and try one of these canning recipes fro June.