But how do you find them? Well, right here! These are seven of my favorite and most trusted sites when it comes to preserving and some of them have other stuff, too, like cooking or grilling. However, the last four are user-friendly blogs. Bookmark them. Websites are great, yes, and there are tons of them that can help you with questions you have. But a book will always be there for reference. In my humble opinion, pickles are the easiest to make. Blackberry too, but the fact that you might want to use a food mill to get rid of the seeds makes it a bit more tedious than the others I never ever do that, by the way.
None of them require much work, though, not even any added commercial pectin.
Next easiest? And then last, but not least, jelly. Jelly is the hardest because it requires added pectin, and also it requires a candy thermometer and a very specific degree that it has to be cooked at before it will set.
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Jelly is a bit harder since it stays mostly liquid until it cools. Not only that, but you need patience and even then it can be tricky. Canning, like baking or cooking, is fun. All you need is curiosity, and the basic knowledge of why you have to do certain things to make it work.
At the very least, you should be open to learning the reasons why things are the way they are. The acidity level, or pH, of foods determines whether they should be processed in a boiling water canner or pressure canner. The lower the pH, the more acidic the food. Acidic foods have pH values below 4. These foods include pickles, most fruits, and jams and jellies made from fruit. In pickling, the acid level is increased by adding lemon juice, citric acid, or vinegar.
Acidic foods contain enough acidity either to stop the growth of botulinum bacteria or destroy the bacteria more rapidly when heated. Acidic foods may be safely canned in a boiling water canner. Low-acid foods include red meats, seafood, poultry, milk, all fresh vegetables and some tomatoes. Low-acid foods have pH values higher than 4. They do not contain enough acid to prevent the growth of botulinum bacteria. These foods are processed at temperatures of degrees F to degrees F, attainable with pressure canners operated at 10 to 15 pounds per square inch psi of pressure.
The exact time depends on the kind of food being canned, the way it is packed in jars, and the size of jars.
Although tomatoes used to be considered an acidic food, some are now known to have pH values slightly above 4. To safely can them as acidic foods in a boiling water canner, you must add lemon juice or citric acid. Pressure canning is the only canning method recommended for low-acid foods like meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Clostridium botulinum , the bacterium that causes botulism food poisoning, is destroyed in low-acid foods when they are processed at the correct time and temperature in pressure canners.
Canning low acid foods in boiling-water canners is absolutely unsafe because the botulinum bacteria can survive this process. If Clostridium botulinum bacteria survive and grow inside a sealed jar of food, they can produce a deadly toxin. Just a tiny taste of food containing this toxin can be fatal.
You can use any clean, food-safe glass jar that you want; from a clean spaghetti sauce jar, to a mayonnaise jar, to an applesauce jar, even a pickle jar. Or, a regular old canning jar! You can make regular cucumber pickles, pickled green beans, pickled cauliflower, pickled okra, Vietnamese pickles , pickled carrots, pickled onions… the list goes on.
The downside? Not shelf-stable, meaning they have to be stored in the fridge at all times. Also, they should be thrown out after 6 months in there, tops. Close the lid not too tight!
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For preserving summer produce without canning at all , visit this page at The Kitchn. Or just search the categories, below. Do you have any questions? And did I forget anything? Did I leave something out? Is there a book or website you think people should know about? Add it in the comments! Hooray for canning! It does seem intimidating at first—but once you get into the swing of things, canning is actually pretty easy, and definitely rewarding. Exactly, Eileen! Canning is very easy once you get into it. It seemed so intimidating to me at first, I was hesitant to try it. I could do it with my eyes closed!
Thanks for putting this together.
Good Job making it easy to understand! Some newer websites and blogs call for using fresh lemon juice in canning. DO NOT use fresh lemon juice! The acidity varies between crops, seasons, and individual lemons while the bottled stuff maintains a standard level of acidity.
This is important for creating the acidic, anti- microbial enviornment needed for food safety, and not murdering friends and family with jam. Great job on the safety aspect! Thanks Candy! Hi My name is Val I totally love your blog. Read it every day!
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Is it too late to reset it??? Keep up the awesome blogging!!! And also thanks for all the sweet compliments about the blog, it makes me really happy to read stuff like that. Especially from a fellow New Yorker!
As far as your cinnamon peach jam which sounds delicious , you have two options. Or two, you can use it as a cinnamon peach sauce on pound cake or bundt cake, a cinnamon peach ice cream topping, a cinnamon peach glaze for chicken or pork, etc, etc. It happens sometimes. Sometimes peaches need a little pectin boost to get them to gel. What temp dos it have to reach on the candy thermometer? I always do the freezer text and sometimes it really sucks. I could use it as a syrup but i have sooooo many jars of it lol the peaches were amazing because they were from a fruit market in P.
A…cant wait to fix em! It has to reach degrees F in order to set properly.
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