Canning!! Do the Work Now Get the Payoff Later!

photo credit: www.eastofedenfarms.wordpresss.comIt’s one of my favorite past times! I love to spend a day in the kitchen canning fresh fruits and vegetables through out the summer. Fresh berries for making jam, pickling cucumbers, okra, even carrots, and of course we can’t forget the TOMATOES. It’s only the best thing all year to can!!! With a business that took off this summer, I barely had time to sleep let alone canning anything all summer. 😦 So there won’t be any fresh peach or strawberry jam this winter with my sprouted toast! 😉 My poor grandmother usually gets a lot of my goodies, when she finds out there is no jam this winter I think it may actually break her heart.

Now that it’s fall I am bound and determined to can as much as possible through out the next few months. I’m still getting some of the best tomatoes yet, but unfortunately not enough to make a batch from my own garden. So, I went to my trusty Organic farm and bought 30 pounds to www.farmfoodiefitness.commake homemade sauce and stewed tomatoes for those cold, bitter wintry days.I spent my whole Labor Day in the kitchen. So, now I’ll have plenty of mason jars full of fresh tomatoes for soups, stews, and even chili! Over 30 jars full!

So now that fall is in full swing I’m rushing around to figure out what else I can jar, can, preserve, bottle, and pickle. In the past weeks I made over 10 jars of fresh basil pesto, infused 5 bottles of pepper oil and 3 with vinegar. With the figs coming in so late, I’ve been able to make a couple jars of my “Figgy BBQ sauce.” (Recipe coming soon!) This weekend I plan to make fig infused balsamic vinegar and hopefully pickle some of these cute little cucumbers that have finally started to grow in my backyard garden.

Seems like a lot of work! Believe me it takes sometime, but there’s nothing better in the winter and early spring to have fresh tomatoes, pickles, and preserves. They’re also great for gifts and even better to barter with friends! I have friends already begging for a jar. They’ve even bribed me with free eyebrow waxes and free dinner parties just for one jar! So it could definitely work out in your favor! Let me know what fun things you’ve got brewing in the kitchen!

Happy Cooking & Canning!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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