Fresh fruits and vegetables are only available in the summer and early fall unless exported from other countries and sold at a much higher price, so these past few months have been  dedicated to canning and preparing food for winter. We preserved tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, apples, grapes, pears, watermelons, cucumbers, and so on. Each house has a cellar (= beci) built up underneath their homes that acts as a refrigerator. These cellars are kind of a big deal. I’ve heard men characterize other men by the size and quality of their cellar. So once food has been canned or prepared for pickeling, it is added to all the other jars in the cellar.

The next few posts will highlight more winter preparations.