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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Libby, Montana, USA
Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
SHELLBELL is looking for: (2 recommendations)
So I want to start canning!!! I am looking for any canning advice/recipes/etc. from anyone who is willing to share. I do not intend on buying the expensive pressure cooker unless absolutely necessary. What equipment is the minimum to get started? Favorite recipes? Any advice? Thanks so much to everyone.

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Last updated: Jun. 26, 2013 11:50 am
Posted: Jun. 25, 2013 2:21 pm
Commented by: linda2d
Jun. 25, 2013 2:29 pm
My advice is to check into reputable sources, learn the "whys" and take a class if you can. I took a free one at the county extension office and it was very helpful and informative.
Jun. 25, 2013 2:29 pm
Jun. 25, 2013 2:31 pm
Jun. 25, 2013 2:39 pm
^^ I agree. I don't do canning, but it basically about safe food handling and storage. Particularly if you do NOT plan to refrigerate the product, it is very important follow proven/reliable recipes. There are also differences between meats and veggies, so make sure you know the differences. You make your family very ill if you don't do this correctly and the food spoils during storage.
Jun. 25, 2013 2:41 pm
Oh wow ok thanks yall! I do think that if you want to can meat or non acidic veggies etc. you have to use the pressure cooker thing but if it is just jams, tomato sauce, salsa etc. you don't. I should definitely look for a class though!
Jun. 25, 2013 3:41 pm
I use to can with just a regular soup pot. But after dropping and breaking a couple jars and burning myself, I got a water bath canning pot kit. (I think it's around $40 at big box stores), and comes with everything you need, like a basket to hold jars in the water,( so you don't burn yourself or drop the jars in)and tongs to help pull the basket out. You have to sterilize the jars, lids and rings before you can ( drop them in a boiling water bath for 5-10 minutes or sanitize cycle in the dishwasher)Always use a new lid next time you can, and store your canned goods in a cool dark place. Oh, and label the dates on the lids!
Jun. 25, 2013 3:47 pm
I can peaches, pears and cherries using the hot pack method in a light syrup. And jams I follow the instructions on the pectin box. You can get low sugar and no sugar pectin too. You can get a cook book on canning, or look in your local library. My Joy of Cooking book had all the info I needed, but then I have canned with my mom and grandma my whole life too :)
Jun. 25, 2013 4:25 pm
Thanks so much westcoastmom!! I really appreciate your advice, I am excited!!
Jun. 25, 2013 4:39 pm
You're welcome! Canning is fun, and rewarding. If you have friends or family that can help, you can make a fun day of it, and they can go home with a jar or two for a thanks :)Depending on what and how much you make, it could take a whole day or even a weekend, so help is very nice to have! But of course you can start small, jam is a good beginner :) Goodluck!
Jun. 25, 2013 10:14 pm
Your local library should have canning books. I have a great one called, So Easy to Preserve. I dabbled in the hot pack method and last year graduated to pressure canning. Did chicken and it was great. Easy too. Have fun.
Jun. 26, 2013 7:35 am
They have articles on AR. Search for "How to Can" and you will find recipes, with videos and articles at the top of the page that you can click on for more information.
JILLYJO definitely not a pro
Jun. 26, 2013 8:02 am
I know this is late. But was just at target and they have a Ball guide to canning for $2.33!
Commented by: Semigourmet
Jun. 26, 2013 11:47 am
minimum tools are: 21-1/2 qt. water bath canner canning rack funnel jar lifter lid lifter bubble freer spatula
Jun. 26, 2013 11:50 am
the size of he water bath canner may vary. Also on the Chew today Carla Hall was talking about pickling various fresh veggies from the garden. You might want to look at her recipes also. they are mostly refrigerator pickling recipes I think.
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