Wednesday night, my sister Kristy came over to help me with my first canning experience. I'm so thankful to have my big sister close by. She is a great example to me and teaches me so much and helps me with any project that I want to take on and encourages me to learn these good new skills. So, she told me everything I needed to buy and she brought over the pressure canner and all the other things we needed. We first canned beans (since I bought a huge bag of dried beans). I soaked them over night, put it in the jars and then added onion, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Then they went in the pressure canner. I didn't realize how long it takes for this process. Two of the cans never sealed shut, so I have to use them and I can't store them with my food storage. But I am kind of excited because it smelled SO good I LOVE beans a rice. I really could live off of it. I did in Costa Rica for two months and was pretty happy about it.
While we were waiting on the beans, we made jam! Strawberry jam. The jars I got were too little, so I had a bit left over to keep in the fridge (rest went in my food storage). It is SO delicious! Home made jam is WAY better than store bought. Just sayin.