Category: Home Canning

Why A Canning Jar Will Break During Canning

Broken Canning Jar

  Last week I had a canning jar break in my pressure canner while I was canning bone-in chicken. Sometimes you can hear a jar break in the canner during processing and sometimes you can’t. Often when you’re not expecting it, a bad surprise and a big mess is in store for you when the…

Fast & Easy Elderberry Jelly Recipe

Elderberry Jelly

Elderberry jelly is faster and easier to make than some older or modern Internet recipes would indicate. In those recipes the elderberries have to be washed, picked by hand; then boiled, smashed, cooked down and strained or sieved in some way to extract the juice for jelly. Once the juice has been extracted the real…

Make Jam Without Pectin

Peach Jam Made Without Added Pectin

Well wasn’t I hopping mad yesterday morning.I had plans to make peach jam from frozen peaches that had been in the freezer since last September. I like to use pectin when making jams and jellies because it saves time and stove fuel. I also think pectin jams have a slightly better flavor. But my plans…

When To Make Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut Best Day To Make

Some days are better than others for making sauerkraut. Four generations ago when to pick the best day to cut cabbage for sauerkraut was basic everyday household information. Back then people couldn’t just run to a grocery store for food. What you grew in the family garden and then stored in your home had to…

Canning Grape Juice

Grapes Ready To Steam Juice

I always prepare grape juice for canning and jelly with a steam juicer. After 40 years of home canning I’ve tried every way known to woman to get grape juice. Some ways are fun. Like putting whole grapes and sugar in a jar and covering the grapes and sugar with boiling water. And some ways…

Tattler Canning Lids

Two Piece Tattler Canning Lid

Tattler lids are a modern and reusable 2-piece lid system for home canning. The lids consist of a BPA free white plastic lid and a red rubber ring or gasket. The two-piece system uses a standard modern jar band to keep the lid and gasket securely on the jar while it is being processed in…

Can Whole Apple Applesauce With A Pressure Canner

Allow Jars To Cool

This past weekend I made home canned applesauce and thought you might like to see how I make it. I almost always make canned applesauce over the course of two days and use a pressure canner to can it. On the first day the applesauce is made and on the second day I can it.…

The Final Steps Of Skillful Home Canning

Skillful Home Canning

Lots of different types of home canned foods benefit from being wiped clean after the bands are removed from the jars and the seals are tested. And all home canned foods benefit from a date and labeling the contents. Very often the outside of a home processed canning jar will be sticky or greasy. That’s…

How to Can Grapefruit or Orange Sections

Home Canned Red Grapefruit Sections

Home canning grapefruit or orange sections is easy. It results in a superior product when compared to commercially canned grapefruit or orange sections. Canning grapefruit or orange sections yourself  is a cost-effective way to increase variety in your long-term food storage. Grapefruit, oranges and other citrus fruits are considered to be high acid foods.  High…

The Home Canning Of Rabbit, Chicken & Small Game

Wipe Grease Off The Rim Of The Jar

Home canning meat, chicken, rabbit or small game can help families economically achieve sensible food storage goals. Raising a part of your own food is not complicated and a good amount of food can be produced yourself whether you live on a small town lot or in the suburbs. Chickens and rabbits are usually the…