Ranch Raised with Karina Jones – Johanna Gaines has never canned cherries in one of her pretty white kitchens!

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Ranch Raised with Karina Jones - Johanna Gaines has never canned cherries in one of her pretty white kitchens!

Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!

I know one thing for sure. Johanna Gaines has never canned cherries in one of her pretty white kitchens! Thanks for tuning in today to Ranch Raised!

We have a neighbor who makes a trip out to the orchards in Colorado to pick up fruit every year. This year they decided to go out during cherry and apricot season. I am always a gluten for punishment, I mean a will supporter of their efforts to bring back fruit, so I ordered a couple lugs of each.

Only experiencing peaches and pears in bulk like this, I had no idea just how many cherries were in a lug. I may have outpunted my coverage, especially during such a busy time losing my mother in law.

Per usual, a couple of my girls came in clutch quickly learning how to pit cherries and apricots. We all dove in together and got the project tackled. Now we have quarts of cherries, apricots, mixed fruit, and cherry pie filling to add to the pantry shelves. We also squeezed in pints of apricot jam and cherry rhubarb jam.

My daughter had decided months ago that the 4-H canning project would be her “new” project to learn this 4-H season, so there’s nothing like throwing her into the fire of home projects that have to be done before the fruit spoils to let her learn.

We tackled it together and we will certainly enjoy the fruits of labor, see what I did there, together this winter! But for now, we get ready to put up some blueberry rhubarb and strawberry rhubarb jam for more county fair projects while we wait for the cucumbers and tomatoes to start coming in.


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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 4 children near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.

Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.

You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the Jones Ranch.

Cattle producers are her people. She will meet you at the county fair, at the sale barn, or anywhere the dusty trail leads.
karina@youragnetwork.com or visit facebook.com/ranchraisedwithkarinajones

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