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I realized I didn't make it clear what I meant by "canning cantaloupe" - unlike most fruit, cantaloupe cannot simply be canned in syrup and then processed in a hot water bath. I won't go into the specifics, but basically it is not acidic enough and would need to be processed in a pressure canner. Since cantaloupe is so soft, that would turn it into mush, so there is no effective way to can cantaloupes.
What I am canning is cantaloupe preserves (like jam). We are planning on eating it straight from the jar, or using it as a topping for ice cream. Because of the addition of lemon juice, the pH is right for water bath processing.
If you would like to preserve cantaloupe pieces/balls, the best way would be to pack them in syrup and freeze them (allowing extra head space for expansion during freezing).
Just didn't want anyone to get the wrong idea by reading my blog. Here is some more great info on this subject.
Today, Sunday of all days, all 24 lbs of peaches that I bought on Friday decided to turn ripe. I had no room in the fridges to hold them over until tomorrow, and I knew that another 24 h at room temperature would turn them into moldy balls of mush. So between the morning and evening services, I started the cantaloupe preserves (they have to soak in the honey for 8+ hours) and canned all the peaches.
Now, at almost midnight, I am going to finish processing the cantaloupe preserves, and keep myself awake between batches with chores and the internet. Not necessarily in that order.
In other news, we ended up with a puppy today. She is very cute and sweet and smart, and we all just fell for her hook, line, and sinker. Between her (no name yet, my husband wants to pick but is lacking inspiration) and the cantaloupes this is shaping up to be a short night.
In other news, I MUST get my garden in this week.
Wish me luck. *** YAWN ***
P.S.: Speaking of luck: The winner of the boardgame giveaway will be announced later Monday. We are going to have Becky draw a name out of a hat. She is just the person for a job like that! :)