Here are a few different ways we put away food as opposed to the regular old canning methods:
Beans: We don't eat canned beans. My kids hate them and they go to waste. However, my kids and husband adore Dilly Beans, so now we can all our green beans "Dilly style"! Plus, they make great gifts!
Plums: We don't can them either. We wash, halve and freeze in sandwich size baggies. Perfect for Plum Pie which is to die for!
Raspberries: We wash, lay out on a cookie sheet and freeze. When they are frozen we toss into a baggie and eat on cereals or put in muffins or cookies.
Strawberries: syrup. 'Nuff said.
Peaches: We wash, quarter and freeze for peaches and cream treats. Or we serve them to the kids frozen for a special treat.
Corn: We blanche, cut off the cob and put in baggies to freeze.
Peppers: we chop and freeze.
Apricots: we make the nectar (use one of those victorios for applesaucing to do it) and have a nice drink for special occasions.
Pears: we sauce or nectar them.
Now toss me some ideas please!