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How-To's on putting food aside: canning, freezing, drying, much more...

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Started by Debbie Fraker. Last reply by Village Wisdom Oct 31, 2013. 3 Replies

I just messed up a batch of relish by forgetting to put the vinegar in (embarrassing, I know). It is green tomato relish with peppers, onions, etc (no sugar). I realized it as I was taking the jars out of the water bath. So obviously it won't be…Continue

advice on old pressure cooker

Started by Debbie Fraker. Last reply by Debbie Fraker Jul 23, 2013. 4 Replies

I have never done pressure canning, only water bath. Recently I was given an old Mirro Matic 16 qt pressure cooker, holds 7 quart jars. It doesn't have a temperature gauge for the lid. Instead it has an "automatic pressure control" that goes over…Continue

Alternatives to Plastic Bags

Started by Cynthia C. Taylor. Last reply by Tina D. Oct 19, 2012. 4 Replies

I am looking for some alternatives to plastic bags in freezing veggies.  Jars are hard to store in the chest freezer and more difficult to use contents without thawing first.  I am thinking of trying square glass stackable containers with…Continue

Pressure canning tuna

Started by Nicole McDavid. Last reply by Andrea G Sep 1, 2012. 1 Reply

A friend and I just spent all of yesterday canning 60lbs of tuna. We used the instructions that came with our pressure canners and 2 publications from our local extension office as guides. They all said that we could get about 1 lb of tuna in every…Continue

Tags: tuna, canning, Pressure

Canning Ground Cherries

Started by Susan Isla. Last reply by Kathy T Aug 30, 2012. 2 Replies

I know both the American Indians and the Pioneers used ground cherries in many foods they cooked but this is my first time trying anything with them. I really want to preserve them and I thought treating them like blueberries when I can them seemed…Continue

Basil Ideas?

Started by Melissa. Last reply by Manoor Manor Aug 26, 2012. 5 Replies

I need some ideas for preserving basil other than the usual: I've got a ton of pesto in the freezer, don't like it dried-- anybody got any other ideas, I've got basil coming out  my ears and I need to do something with it. Ever tried freezing it in…Continue

What's the best dehydrator to purchase?

Started by The Little Family Homestead. Last reply by Amber Jimenez Aug 26, 2012. 11 Replies

Hey! I've never dehydrated food, and was wondering if anyone has any insight on a good food dehydrator? Is there a specific brand that is really good or are they all pretty much the same?Continue

Pickles

Started by Brittany. Last reply by Amber Jimenez Aug 26, 2012. 1 Reply

Hi all,My husband and I are trying our hand at making fresh pack dill pickles. On the first round we made two quarts. The first quart was divine, but the second was horribly bitter. On our third round we made about 4 more quarts and we just tried on…Continue

Really? Canned Meat?

Started by Lisa Pankowski. Last reply by Kathy T Aug 17, 2012. 10 Replies

I canned once, long ago, with my grandmother, so I'm still very new to this.  I understand canning vegetables and fruits (just look at a grocery store). Now I hear a lot about people canning meats, and I admit, the concept confuses me.  How sanitary…Continue

Recipes and Tips for Dehydrating Food

Started by Sarah C. Last reply by NHF Aug 17, 2012. 1 Reply

Hi everyone! My dehydrator came in the mail today and I have a few questions to ask those of you with experience dehydrating. My main purpose for this purchase was to help store the masses of blueberries growing in my front yard - our freezer is…Continue

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Comment by Pamela Staples on December 1, 2011 at 1:14pm

New here! Learning my way... 

Comment by Daisy on December 1, 2011 at 4:43pm

Welcome Pamela!

Comment by Leslie Montemayor on December 2, 2011 at 12:56pm

I've only been "canning" for about 3 years.  I've definitely learned some tips by doing.   My biggest challenge is I have NO room in my kitchen.  So wish they would open a cannery to the public near me.

Welcome Pamela......

Comment by Faith on December 3, 2011 at 12:28pm

I've only been canning for two years....I hope we get a nice active group going expecially with experienced people and experimenters......

Comment by Sue Peer on December 3, 2011 at 2:01pm

Hi! Been canning all my life,grew up on home raised food.Glad to see folks are still interested in home pressurved foods. My grown daughter & hubby can also.

Comment by Andi Hernandez on December 3, 2011 at 9:36pm

Hi everyone. I'm new to this group and new to the site. Hope to get lots of useful insight.

Comment by Cyndi O'Rourke on December 4, 2011 at 4:42pm
New to the group just wanted to say hello. I have only been canning steadily for about 3 years. I really enjoy it even though it is a lot of hard work. I love the feeling of going to the cabinet and pulling out a jar of something I created. I hope to learn a lot from this group.
Comment by Niki Fox Gardiner on December 4, 2011 at 5:30pm

New to the group, also.  I've been canning for four or five years, but have only recently started preserving on a larger scale.  Received a dehydrator last year and have dried tomatoes, apples, cranberries and herbs, but not much else.  I also started using a pressure canner for the first time this past summer and got my feet wet with some stocks and veggies.  We have a small garden, and I'd like to expand it and be able to grow most of our vegetables and some of our fruits for the year.  I'm fairly new to the game, but am eager to learn.

Comment by All Hallows Farm on December 4, 2011 at 9:46pm

Just canned some for the first time myself this year.  Well that's not exactly true.  I helped can 2 other summers but this was the first time I had done everything from start to finish.  I just moved so we didn't get planted this year but I figured buying from the farmers market and learning to can this year would put me one step ahead when I start to get in my own harvest next year.

Comment by Tobias Rapley on February 4, 2012 at 2:11am

Hi! I just bought my first canning equipment before Christmas, so I could make presents this year, Started with Barbeque sauce was GREAT, cant wait for summer and to get started learning more!

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