It's been a pretty uneventful weekend. Lee had to work overtime both Saturday and Sunday, so I was left to my own devices. Adrienne was working too, so it was just me. Saturday seemed to be a go go go day. Just lots of little running around things to do. Sunday I was busy canning.
I made lots of stuff yesterday. Four more jars of tomato sauce, and four jars of a cherry dessert topping. You have no IDEA how long it took me to pit all those cherries. I had 5lbs plus 5 cups of cherries when all was said and done. After the almost 2 hours of pitting cherries, I thought I'd likely never do that again. But then I tasted some of it. YUMMY! It was so worth the effort.
Oh, the 5 cups of cherries? I made a second smaller batch. It was cherry pie filling. Later today I'm going to try my hand at making a gluten free pie crust, and make a home made cherry pie too. I'll be sure to post a picture of it when I'm done - success or failure.
So yeah, yesterday was a full day in the kitchen again. The tomato sauce cooks for 4 hours, that doesn't include the chopping, blanching tomatoes, cooking up the onions, etc. Just a full 4 hours after all is mixed and it's come to a boil. So I'd say between 5 and 6 hours. Then canning takes time too.
So I try to make two big pots every time I do this. It takes so long that I want to make it worth my while to do it.
Later this week, I'll be going to the u-pick farms to get some more fruit and berries. I mostly want to make dessert topping's. I don't eat much jam, so there's no use doing that for now. Lee wants to come berry picking with me, so I guess I'll be waiting for a weekend day off.