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Plain Kansas

Rosanna Bauman, age 25, is German Baptist Brethren. She is a writer, farmer, and speaker and lives on a rural Kansas farm she shares with her parents and 4 siblings. The Brethren Church, is often mistaken for Amish or Mennonites, but the Brethren have different historical and theological roots. The Brethren Church is a "Plain" church. Members dress plainly and, like the Amish, are pacifists, but they do use cars and phones.

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  1. Wendy P

    Aw – show us pictures of your pantry, Rosanna, so we can enjoy them vicariously! I don’t do a lot of canning, because I don’t have space for a garden, but I made some blueberry jam this year, and I’ll do applesauce in the fall. It is a wonderful feeling, looking at those jars of goodness.

  2. Barbara Thomas

    Absolutely!!! There is nothing like taking what you have grown and put into jars to share with family or have for the rest of the year!! Love having what we can put up on our shelves in our pantry…just the best and God’s blessing!

  3. Diane W

    We love canning for those very same reasons. Due to the weird cold spell we had in August, the beans finnally decided to take off at the same time as the pears and peaches. We were up canning and freezing until midnite last week. We canned 6 days in a row. Now I have a bad case of carpal tunnel, so the tomatoes and apples will have to wait a week. I love being able to serve a good meal all winter long simply by taking a jar off the shelf or a bag out of the freezer. These also make great holiday gifts, or gifts for those who are sick. It’s true, the more we can the more we want to can.

  4. connie vannattan

    Many think of canning as a lost art, but I thrive on “digging in the dirt,” watching the plants grow and mature, and finally seeing the “fruit of my labor” in colorful rows in jars on the pantry shelves!

  5. Karen

    I just canned 7 quarts of my neighbor’s green beans, as they are away to visit family for two weeks. I only had twelve jars on hand as we don’t put up much, but loved your story and I, too, would like to see a photo of your pantry someday. Maybe midwinter!

  6. Alene Klopfenstein

    I love canning I call it recycling. Look at all the tin cans that are not tossed in the thrash when you can. I feel we are healthy because I know what is in the jar verses not sure what’s all is in the tin can. It’s a job I grew up with and will continue until I’m not able to do it any more!!

  7. Donna Cooley

    I really enjoy your writing, Rosanna. You always manage to transport me!


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