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Canning season is that wonderful time of year when you never have a moment to yourself - it's all four in the morning mason jar sterilizing, neighbors making coffee in your kitchen before you're even dressed because they have cabbage, too (or carrots or apples or string beans) and you've invited them over with a truck load because you know extra hands make all the difference.

It's the time of year when the kitchen is never comfortable - if the water's not on to boil, the oven is warming and full of jars, or the space around the table is all buckets and elbows, paring knives, sweaty brows and chatter.

There is never silence - even in that ten minutes of processing time, when everything stops long enough for a hurried dinner, there's the water-bath-bubbling, jar-rattling rumble of the canner, or the joyous gunshot snapping of the lids as each jar seals.

Those days are filled with wood smoke, steam and the smell of apple butter reducing in the large copper kettle that once lived with your great-grandparents on a family farm that's still drowning under twenty feet of water because a dam was built in that valley when your father was half your age.

It is memories.

It is heaven sitting at a picnic table, immersed in joy and tired.

It's knowing you could never bottle enough of this, but at least you will have food to see you through another winter.
Because someone asked me what I meant when I said "canning season." We don't can like this anymore - this is mostly made up of memories of canning while still living with my dad. I'd like to get back to that way of life, though.
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SMAdams Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Writer
A wonderful little story. Definitely a pleasure to read. :heart: I have never done canning myself, but my grandmother has and I also enjoyed see all the jars in her basement of various goodies.
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ejeans7 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Writer
You should try it! :excited:  There are all sorts of sites out there with easy canning recipes and instructions to get you started. :)  I'd suggest starting out with a few small jars and a small batch of something simple, like applesauce.  It takes time, but it's worth it! (And a little addicting, too!)
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SMAdams Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Writer
Well, when I have the time, I will think about it. :p
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Writer

:+fav:

What a wonderful story. I've been in that situation, too, canning tomatoes and their products mainly, but also peaches and jams of all sorts. Congratulations on the DLD "Pick of the Day"! You can't can that either, but it will go in many faves and be preserved that way.

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ejeans7 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Writer
Thanks! ^^; And if you can make jam, you're miles ahead of me in the canning department! ;P I've never had much luck with it - I always wind up with runny, fruity ice cream topping instead. :hmm:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
You're welcome. (I was always a 'helper' when canning - who knows what my own jam would be like!)
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013

Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by DLD (Daily Literature Deviations) and has been selected as our “Pick of the Day”. It is featured in a news article here: [link] and on our main page.


Keep writing and keep creating.

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ejeans7 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Writer
Oh!  Wow...  Thank you! ^^;
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leyghan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You paint a vivid picture. This all sounds wonderful to me - the smells and sounds and interactions. I've never had apple butter and now I really want to. :)
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ejeans7 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Writer
You've never had apple butter?! :O   So... No apple butter on warm, buttery biscuits?  Or apple butter on toast?  Or apple butter smothering your pancakes?  Or apple butter with cottage cheese?!  I could not imagine...  We need to fix this. :nod:
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