The Cannery is open to anyone during harvest season starting in July, August, October, so it’s closed now. Non-Hanover residents pay a slightly higher fee. Here’s the FAQ link.
Here is the recipe for Brunswick Stew and a delicious sounding tomato soup from Phyllis. The recipe seems to be easily adjusted for one batch- Phyllis' recipe makes 40 jars. You can find most of these ingredients locally right now.
Rose Jenning's Stew (Mrs. Jennings is one of the ladies who works at the cannery)10 lbs chicken (cook, defat, take off the bone: cook as for broth & use broth in this recipe)10 lbs beef (cooked, cooled & cut up)country ham bone or ham hocks6 lbs onions (cooked in fry pan with 1 lb butter: add chicken meat from broth)2 bunches celery, chopped5 quarts corn (home canned or frozen if possible)5 quarts limas (home frozen)3 lbs carrots, peeled & cut up2 large sweet potatoes, peeled & cut up5 quarts EACH: tomatoes, tomato juice20 lbs potatoes--peel or not, as you like, cut up at home & frozen1 gallon waterThese I don't add, but are in the recipe:44 oz bottle ketchup1 regular bottle Heinz 57 sauceThese I do add:1/3 bottle Worchestershire sauce1/4 lb black pepper3/4 lb salt (I use a lot less)1 lb sugar (I use less)2 tblsp TabascoThyme, Sage as you likeIt's best to do as much prep as you can before going to the cannery: for one thing, it's a lot of stuff and takes a long time to prep, for another, there's no provision for cooking the chicken and beef there. You put everything in a big kettle they have and simmer until ready, then it gets canned & processed. Takes about 6 hours and makes about 40 cans.We make this about every other year.The great thing about canning: it makes a LOT of stuff. By going to the cannery you get help from the home economist there, who makes sure you don't make big mistakes and monitors your product and the canning process so it's safe. These ladies have been doing this for a long time and they know a lot! The other thing about canning is you control fat, salt, and sugar content.Other things we can and the most successful: tomatoes, apple sauce (we like it really thick and spicy). We also canned tomato soup: very tastyGoing to the cannery takes up a whole day, but you've got all these lovely cans to pull out in the winter. Sometimes tomato canning in August is rough, but, then, it's not in your own kitchen!Tomato Soup1/2 bushel tomatoes1 bunch celery1 cup cornstarch1 cup butter or margarine2-3 lbs onions2 tblsp parsley flakes (or 4 fresh)red pepper flakes to taste2 cups sugar (I used one)1/2 cup salt (I did it to taste: probably much less)Also good to add: the end of the basilQuarter tomatoes and cook together with onions, celery, parsley, red pepper flakes. Put this mixture through the juicer. Add cornstarch, sugar, salt & butter, put in a large kettle and bring to a boil. Adjust seasonings. Add basil at this point if using. Put into cans or jars, seal and process.