I’ve been meaning to post
this for a couple of weeks now, so I’m just forcing myself to finally finish
this, so it’s probably a bit rough.

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I only started keeping
track of how many eggs we got each day at the end of May. But between then and December 31, our seven
chickens gave us – assuming I didn’t miss some – a total of 598 eggs. Which is almost 49 dozen. We used some of them, but we also gave some
out to family and neighbors. I even sold
a few dozen to co-workers.

Besides keeping track for
the whole year, I should also keep track of how much feed we buy for them. Then I can figure out how a dozen of our eggs
costs versus store bought ones.

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For the last several
years, my mom has kept track of how much we freeze or can on a legal pad. She’ll have green beans, and every quart we
can she’ll add a tally mark. She tries
to keep up to date, but I think she misses some things, or double counts
others. And even though I help her most
of the time, some things on her list I don’t remember canning. So in 2024 I’ll try to do my own list. But reading her list as best I can, this is
what we froze in 2023: 25 bags of blueberries (1 bag makes 1 pie), 15 bags of
sliced apples (1 bag makes 1 pie), 7 bags of grated zucchini (1 bag makes a
couple loaves of zucchini bread), 2 bags of rhubarb (I think 1 bag makes 1 pie),
10 bags of parsnips (1 bag is probably worth 2 meals), 2 bags of broccoli, 4
bags of green peppers, and 9 bags of peas, although some of the peas were later
canned with some other stuff. And I
think all the green peppers we used for spaghetti and pizza sauce we from 2022.

This is what we canned in
2023: 9 pints blueberry jelly, 5 pints grape jelly, 3 pints mixed berry jelly, 3
quarts and 8 pints of applesauce, 1 pint of pears, 6 pints of green beans, 2
pints of mixed vegetables, 1 quart and 15 pints of sweet corn, 9 pints of
tomatoes, 15 quarts and 1 pint of spaghetti sauce, 1 pint and 9 half-pints of
pizza sauce (1 half-pint is enough for one pizza), 18 quarts of grape juice, 5
pints of beets, and 19 quarts of potatoes.

We also bought some items
to can, such as 6 quarts of pears, 5 pints of peach jam, and 7 pints of strawberry
jam. We also froze two containers of
sliced strawberries.

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2023 was a busy year, but
we’ll have to see what we do in 2024.