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curiouswombat in photo_scavenger

Can and Fresh

To be honest the first thing I think of when I see 'can' is B&Q - which shows how effective their advertising is!!!

But I have gone with the American meaning which includes bottling - and even then I might be stretching it a little.

So - starting with 'fresh' - here are some of the apples from my next door neighbour's apple trees;

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And here is what I did with them - they are now bottled (canned?) as apple chutney -

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(Note the small jar that still has a label on it - I had more than I expected and hadn't time to soak that one properly!)

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To most Brits 'canned' foods means tinned foods - and so not something you can do at home.

I was really confused the first time an American LJ friend said she had canned some of the fruit from her garden as I thought it was solely an industrial process.

Then she put a picture and I realised it was in Kilner jars (aka Mason jars, but the British ones were made by Kilner first). When we put stuff in kilner jars to preserve it we call it bottling rather than canning. So I would say I bottled the pears, or that you had bottled the plums.

Although when we make jams and chutneys as a way of preserving we would usually not use the term bottling it, so I was pushing the definition a bit with my nice jars full of chutney I thought!