(Closed) DIY – Apple Jelly Favors Part III – Very Steps and Pic Heavy

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

So did you use any pectin or thicking agent? They look delicious!!

I can stuff with my dad from his veggie garden, so jams and jellies, tomato sauce, pickles and stuff and that little “ping” from the can lids popping is incredibly satisfying. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

@couawilou:  Oh sweet. We haven’t ever done it that way. I may have to bust out a fresh can of our jelly now… I bet your guests will love it! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

These are lovely and the jelly looks totally delicious… but did you sterilize the jars and lids first and waterbath seal the finished jars? They are definitely not safe to store unrefrigerated if they aren’t properly sealed! It sounds like you’re using a method similar to inversion canning to seal the jars, which is no longer recognized as a safe method of preserving food.

I know that a decent amount of people disagree with the USDA on this issue and my grandma certainly inversion-canned plenty of jam which never killed anyone – but you might want to read up on inversion vs. waterbath canning before sending your guests home with these!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@KatieBklyn:  if they are sealed then i really dont see the issue. millions of people have survived encounters with inversion canned products. in fact i  fed my toddler a PB&J with inversion canned strawberry jam my father and I made. she is not marketing them so really it has no bearing weather or not the udsa reconizes the way it was canned… as long as they are sealed then she is more than fine using them as favors. if the top is not popped then they are fine to store in a regular fashion. its been done many many times before and if you read her earlier posts she linked she states she sterilized the jars and lids.

Post # 9
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2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@couawilou:  you did awesome! I would totally appreciate this as a guest! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 @aprose: 

Why is can’t I just pack the hot food into jars, seal, and invert them? Why is this “open kettle canning” not recommended?

In open kettle canning, food is cooked in an ordinary kettle, then packed into hot jars and sealed without processing. The temperatures obtained in open kettle canning are not high enough to destroy all spoilage and food poisoning organisms that may be in the food. Also, microorganisms can enter the food when it is transferred from the kettle to jar and cause spoilage.”

Like I said, I ate my grandma’s inversion canned jam for years, along with my family members, and we are all still alive and kicking. However, when you’re giving food to guests – some of whom might have compromised immune systems – I think the extra bit of safety that comes from boiling waterbath canning might be warranted.

Also, I think it’s important to point this out for future Bees who come across this post and decide they want to follow the instructions here to make favors of their own. While it sounds like the OP has canned with this method a lot before and knows that the jars must be freshly and completely sterilized and the jelly must be piping hot as its ladled into jars, other newbie canners might not know all of that.

I hope the OP doesn’t think I’m being rude – I think these favors look really great and I bet your guests will really appreciate the thought and work you put into them! But I also think it’s important to note that university extensions and canning experts generally agree that this is not a safe method of canning food, so that future posters can make an informed decision about what method of canning works best for them and their needs.

/threadjack

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KatieBklyn:  oh come on.

 

 

@couawilou:  awesome favors!!  Wish I had the time/motivation to do something like this!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@couawilou:  I won’t tell the USDA Mounties where you live   😉

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@couawilou:  I think they look GREAT!!  Can I be invited?  LOL

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