Tag: 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…

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…

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…

Why A Canning Jar Lid Will Come Unsealed

The Lid Failed On This Jar

A canning jar with a failed lid is something I’ll come across once in a blue moon. It’s a fairly rare occurrence and is always a rude surprise. When I find a jar of home canned food in my pantry with a breached lid I dispose of the food carefully. Well out of the way…

How To Can & Freeze Green Beans

Green Beans Waiting In The Canner For More Jars

Green beans and yellow wax beans  are easy to grow and easy to can or freeze. They’re a favorite vegetable for many people. Selecting Green Beans Always try to obtain the freshest and most tender green beans possible. Reject beans that are over mature, hollow, tough, limp or floppy. It takes approximately 1 ½ pounds…

How To Render Lard & Tallow

Pork Fat Being Released From The Tissue

Knowing how to render lard and tallow is a basic homestead skill. That’s because pure lard without preservatives can be hard to come by now a days and tallow is almost impossible to find. If you don’t already know, lard comes from pigs and tallow comes from cows. I use lard in some baked goods…

A Garden Planner For Home Food Preservation

Garden Planner

With a bad economy at hand and garden planning just around the corner I thought a chart might be helpful to some folks looking for concrete direction. The estimates given below are for the vegetable production and preservation needs for a family of 4 for approximately 300 days. In practice the amount of food listed…