I was curious to see if I canned all that I could from my garden, just how close I could get to that tally, a lofty goal but I was curious. All that you see below came from my garden with the exception of the peaches, pears and apples which I either purchased in bulk or was given. Now, to be fair I do not know if great grandma canned primarily in quart or pint jars (as this would make a difference in the final number I have recorded for myself being that my quart jars would be 2 pints each) My jars are almost all quart jars due to the size of our family. Great grandma had 4 children and we have 5.
Also, great grandma would have been canning her meats as they did not have reliable methods of freezing like we do now.
so...drumroll please...I have a total of 212 quarts of food put up for the winter. I canned spaghetti sauce, tomato juice, pickled peppers, green beans, peaches, applesauce, pearsauce, peach butter, and strawberry jam. I have to admit, it makes me feel good to stand back and look, but it is just over 20% of what my great grandma used to put up and I have it so much easier than she did with the modern conveniences of my kitchen with an electric stove, air conditioning while I can and plenty of clean running water at my disposal.
That means next year, I have a lot more work to do! But at least this winter I will be able to keep my grocery budget down as the math for the funds I put into the garden (cost of my seeds and incidentals) vs. what I pulled out of it (the produce I canned only not including the fresh eating) made my pint jars cost me less than 20 cents each!