Saturday, September 25, 2010

Me, Domestic Goddess

Now that I'm going to have a little more time on my hands (ha.ha.ha.) because I won't be spending all of my naptimes sewing, I've been making a list of other goals I want to accomplish. Top of that list? Canning. Learning to can would be so resourceful of me. On CSN (remember that site I told you about that sells everything from console tables to Halloween costumes?) I found a great canner set and have been bookmarking recipes/tutorials. So far, I plan on canning salsa and peaches.

Any advice for a canning novice would be greatly appreciated.

I'll be sure to keep you posted on my progress (or my complete failure).


FamilyKolbaba said...

I'm excited to hear about it! That is the next thing on my list, too, I'm asking for canning supplies for Christmas :)

Covey and Justin said...

-start with acidic foods that don't need a pressure canner that will let you get your feet wet
-the best book is the Ball Blue Book of canning--it is simply awesome
-If you can find it use a steam canner instead of a water bath canner ( is the one I use and I love it. Steam canners are much easier than water bath canners because they don't involve bringing gallons of water to a boil.
-Make sure you use home canned stuff within a year.
-Get the freshest stuff you can--pick early morning or get at farmer's market as early as possible to get the best flavor.
-Don't discount freezing as a storage technique, especially for low acid foods. You can precut the product to fit the recipes you use it for and boil it the freeze it to use later
-canning rocks and is very fun! We do grape juice and that is the kids favorite.

sewdelightful said...

I have been totally wanting to can too! I have gotten some books at the library and am reading those before I start. Let me know how it goes! :)

Camille said...

Why do you have to show us all up and be such an overachiever??? You know what I do during naptime? I nap too! (Ok fine, learning to can is probably a good idea. When you figure it out you should write up a tutorial or something - then I can do it too - without all that effort of 'learning' and 'work' and stuff)

bethany said...

That "learning" crap is do dang overrated.

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