Over the weekend we blanched, cut off the cob and froze over a bushel of corn.
We’d had it in the cool basement while I procrastinated processing it. With the temps over 100 I just couldn’t bring myself to fire up the canner in the house. The AC has been working overtime and I’m emptying the dehumidifier 1-2 times a day. Over a gallon of water each time. The last thing I want to do is create more humidity or heat inside!
We’d been discussing a way to set up an outside canning center & I was worried our old Coleman camp stove could hold up under the canning kettle weight. So, Mr. Fix-It came up with this from the back of his (Mary Poppins) truck. It seems he’d done a job for a customer & for some reason felt led not to charge him. After refusing payment a few times the gentleman finally left and then came back and gave him this burner. (the bottle and kettle are ours) I has a huge wok bowl we’ve already used and I love it!
He set this up and while the water was heating we shucked the corn and had it ready to go. Once the corn was shucked it only took an hour to process the entire bushel.
We set at the tables with large cutting boards and went to work cutting and bagging.
For some reason this photo is locked and won’t let me turn it.
Some of the finished corn cooling before being laid flat in the freezer. He’s helped me in past years switch jars in the canner or wipe the jars rims before setting lids but, generally I’ve tried to be done or nearly done when he gets home. This was the first time we’d worked together start to finish. It was nice and so much quicker working together. And even better…the compost pile is about 50 feet away! Really makes me wish I knew someone local to can with.
So, since this process worked out so well we’re trying to figure a way to create a canning set up out side now. We have the camp stove I can cook on and the canner will fit on the burner above. I think if I set a board on the ground in front of the stone wall (for the jars as a smooth surface)
Think it will work or am I looking at cracked jars?