Not a week ago I was dreading canning season. It's running late this year like everything else and I just wasn't looking forward to heating up the house with simmering and blanching and processing endless batches of salsa and sauce and etc.
So. I bought a propane camp stove. I should say up front that I'm not a camper. I don't enjoy sleeping on the ground with the bugs and the rocks. Cooking outdoors really is limited to burgers on the grill for me. Until this morning.
I got a Camp Chef double burner propane stove from Amazon.com. No. They did not give it to me to test. I bought it myownself after spending a couple of evenings reviewing reviews.
I fired that puppy up first thing this morning after getting my first batch EVER of ketchup going in the kitchen. I used the crock pot for the actual cooking which might be another post altogether.
So this is what it looks like with the water bath canner going full tilt on a sunny Tuesday morning in September. I processed thirty-two, 4 ounce jars of ketchup.
Since I didn't feel right about leaving this set up to run on its own, I spent my time waiting for the processing to finish sitting in the shade with a good book and a cup of coffee.
Alton Brown is so much fun.
And that might be my favorite coffee cup.
I have ketchup. I have a cool canning set up. I have an excuse to sit out in the shade and read a book. What's next? Next I get out my pressure canner and give it a go. After I process the pizza sauce I have cooking up right now.