Post # 1
My mother-in-law wants has been canning all week for Christmas gifts and for the winter and I’m intrigued! My mom used to do this too when I was younger but I’ve never tried myself. Does anyone on the hive can or preserve? Any ideas or advice? Opinions? I’d like to try but am kind of overwelmed…my MIL will help but I’d like to ask the hive first 🙂 I’m a pretty good banker/cook but have NEVER tried anything like this! Any supplies I should get first? any that are better then others?
Thanks bees 🙂
Post # 3
I do a lot of canning. Mostly, strawberry jam, blackberry jam, pickles, tomatoes, corn, salsa, and a few others. I suggest getting a book called Comany’s Coming by Jean Pare. It is very easy to follow and a good beginner book.
If you follow the recipes canning is not hard. It is just time consuming, but well worth it in the end.
Before getting any supplies, decide what you want to make. I have several different sizes of canning pots. These each have a rack to set the jars on before you lower them into the water. You will also need jar tongs to grab the jars out of the water when they are done. The water will be extremely hot, so you don’t want to touch the jars or the water with your hands. I also suggest a good blender. It will become your best friend. After you have decided what you are making, you will also need jars. I use Ball or Kerr jars. It doesn’t really matter which ones you use. Just make sure you use fresh lids and seals for each jar. You will need a small pan to sterilize the lids on the stove while you are readying whatever it is you are canning. Lots of counter space is good too, so before you start, clean everything off of your counters, so you have room for what you are doing.
Wal-Mart usually had good prices on canning supplies. You might also want to check out a specialty kitchen store. Remember to check each jar for knicks, cracks, or breakage before using and you can sterilize your jars in the dishwasher prior to use.
If you get yourself a canning book, it will list a bunch of supplies you may or may not need; depending on what you are canning. Your MIL will be a very good resource to let you know what is essential and what is not essential.
Post # 4
WOW! Thank you so much! Can you find the canning pots at walmart? Also, I’ve heard people freeze some of their canned items? Do you do that? And do you ever use a pressure cooker for any of your canned items?
thanks again! I want to find that book 🙂
Post # 5
You are very welcome. Yes, you can get the canning pots at Wal-Mart. I have made freezer jam and it is pretty easy, but we like the canned jam best. I just recently purchased a pressure cooker, but I am afraid to use it, so I haven’t canned that way yet. These days you are supposed to use a pressure cooker for some things, but I am still old school and can the way my mom and grandma taught me.
Here is a link you the book: http://www.companyscoming.com/cookbooks/original-series/preserves/1/PR/
You may be able to find it for less somewhere, but I swear by this book. If you decide to can, you will get a lot of use out of it. I have a bunch of her cookbooks and love them all.
Post # 6
I am going to look for her book at the local bookstore tomorrow and check the price! Thanks for the link.
I have a pressure cooker but am not sure it is large enough!
Thanks again 🙂
Post # 7
I’ve done a lot of canning and making jams and all I can say is if you want to, go for it! It’s definatly worth a try! 🙂
Post # 8
Good luck! I help my FMIL can, but I don’t know enough about it to be much help on my own. It can be time consuming and annoying, but it is definitely worth it.
Post # 9
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I’ll be canning for the first time at the end of July, so this post is really helpful to me! Thanks!
Post # 10
SO helpful! Last year my fiance and I went peach-picking and bought so many of them that I really wanted to try my hand at canning, but I was a little intimidated by the process. Maybe this summer’s the time to try it!
Post # 11
I use a regular ole’ big pot. You don’t necessarily need a canning pot. Fruits are good to start with, because they contain natural acids that help ward off bacteria. Oh, and after you fill the jars, don’t forget to wipe the rim. You can’t get a good seal if there’s food on the rim.