Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Preserving Food

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“I feel blessed to have had such a background, where animals, food raising, harvesting and canning were a natural part of life.” – — Trina Paulus

Wednesday Challenge – Preserving Food From GC and SueW.

This week, my partner Susan and I invite you to write about PRESERVING FOOD.


When I was growing up, my paternal grandmother was around a lot. She was a woman who never wasted anything, least of all food. So whatever food was in excess at home or cheaply available in the market, she would preserve it to be used later.

Her forte was jams and jellies. Apple, apricot, and guava were made into jams and distributed among the family. She was a wonderful cook and anything she made, tasted great. I would assist her as all of that chopping had to be done by hand. And she was obsessed with cleanliness so either she did it herself or I was allowed to do it. I remember my fingers getting discolored when I would cut apples.

I learned the process by watching her. She wasn’t a very literate woman so she followed her own recipes. And they always turned out so well. When tomatoes were cheap we would make tomato ketchup and at the beginning of summer, we would pickle green mangoes with limes and chilies in mustard oil. This pickle, known locally as “achar” is such a yummy treat that it makes the blandest of food heavenly.

When I was a young mom, I made lots of jams and jellies. Strawberry jam was the easiest and the yummiest one. Now I am either too lazy or too old to do it.




21 thoughts on “Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Preserving Food

  1. I don’t hear so much these days of people preserving foods. I know my mom and grandma always canned vegetables & fruits every summer. We’d store them all year in the jars, in the cellar. All that fresh food sure tasted better than any you could buy in the store. 🙂

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  2. At this time of year, my eldest daughter makes blackberry and apple jam. Lots of blackberries around right now, I’m not a big fan of jam but I do love blackberry and apple crumble.

    My late husband used to make pickles at the start of autumn (we don’t say fall in the UK), my favourite was always his green tomato chutney, it was the best.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely memories, Sadje.

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  3. I began canning as a child with my family. I have canned as an adult as well. I must say that in this area you do see canning being done quite a bit. I am fortunate to live amongst the Amish in Ohio. There are many who sell canned items at the local famer’s markets. I canned tomato products mostly until a couple of years ago. I was in a bad accident and now have a brain injury. Canning is a super great way to shop local, grow your own, reuse jars, and more. God bless.

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  4. Wow. Preserving food is a very great choice indeed. But very few have the time or inclination to do it now. Those living in the city don’t have access to fresh produce too. Mango achar is the best! It’s my favorite too.

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    1. Thanks Shweta! Yes, you’re very right about not many people doing it these days. Though I’ve a very good friend who sends me mango achar whenever she makes it.


  5. Two things I miss… my great aunt used to make a wonderful mulberry jam that we would try to save for the winter, but it never did last that long. And my Gma made pickles from the cucumber she would grown. My favorite was her lime pickles SO GOOD! Of course neither one of them followed a recipe so there was no way to continue the traditions sadly.

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