Hi!! My name is Stephanie Streeter . I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, having moved here 3 years ago from Long Island, New York. My home is just outside the city limits, where I’m surrounded by farmland and horse farms. I love the country and have always wanted to live in a country setting. This is as close as I can get without being totally isolated.
I started canning two years ago. I kept passing all of the strawberry fields around me and felt like I had to do something with all that luscious, sweet fruit. So I did a little research online and then headed to my local Walmart where I purchased a canning book and supplies.
Raleigh also is home to one of the best State Farmers’ Market, which is where I get most of my produce. I started out with strawberry jam and then tried raspberry jam, which is my husbands favorite. I started to give some out as Christmas gifts last year and now my family begs for it! Just this past summer I tried making refrigerator pickles. It was my first shot at pickling and they were outstanding! After hearing about the pickles, my daughter jumped on the bandwagon and here we are!!!
I hope we can all share the great knowledge and friendship that is found when people share a common love.
My name is Jessica Streeter (Jess). I’ve lived just outside of Philadelphia since college, and I love it here. I’m a vegetarian (minus some seafood…God I have a weakness for seafood), and for the last few years I’ve also been trying to eat locally and organically as much as possible. For me, a great way to do this was to sign up for a local CSA (community supported agriculture). Since I live alone, even a bi-weekly share can prove to be too much for me, leaving me with a few uneaten items. As soon as my mom got into canning, I realized this could be a great solution to all of the uneaten produce I have. So I made my first round of refrigerator pickles. I (somewhat foolishly) waterbathed them, since I knew I couldn’t eat all those pickles quickly enough. Luckily, I later learned I had a solid vinegar-to-water ratio to keep things shelf-stable. But I’ve been hooked on canning ever since!
Since then, I’ve gone a bit canning-crazy. I’ve canned pear-pumpkin ale jam, quince jelly, pickled green tomatoes, apple-cranberry jam, do chua (vietnames pickles), apple sauce, sauerkraut, and a number of other items to keep me going through the winter. I’m absolutely in love with it.
In addition to canning, I’m also an avid home-brewer and beer nut. So the jump from home-brewing to home-canning and home-fermenting wasn’t too much of a stretch for me. And when I’m not canning everything in sight, I’m a college professor in training, working on my PhD in sociology.
We’re both looking forward to sharing our crazy canning adventures with you!