Or I could do the canning in the middle of the night (I have done that!). In theory the house has time to cool off again for a couple of hours before we get up and going. However canning in the middle of the night makes me a little (!) tired and tired makes me a little (!!) cranky. Fortunately for everyone, Mr. Marvelous found a solution.
Come, walk into my summertime kitchen!
This is my "counter" for drying herbs and (this year) peppers. I love my dehydrator; found it for dirt-cheap at Aldi's a few years ago. Works a LOT better than the home-made we tried.
My outdoor oven. It has to share the counter with the dehydrator. Since I was drying parsley the day I took these it got to take a break. It deserves it; it's a pretty hard worker!
The canning section. Nothing like a room with a view, right?!
Close-up of my "stove". After doing a good bit of research we were pleasantly surprised to find that the BTU output of this stove is a little higher than that of our indoor stove. One canister of gas gets me through about a heap of canning. Last year it got me through all my tomatoes plus a good bit of jam.
Supplies are portable. This was from apple-jelly day.
The computer is so I can look up recipes and listen to my hymns station on Pandora. Unless it is between the hours of 1 and 4 when I will be listening to Dave Ramsey. And one of my semi-faithful companions is hiding in the chair. "Please don't take my picture!".
Meanwhile, back in the house, the temperature after an afternoon of canning (the clock was off by a few hours). Nice!