Home Canning

Please Help Answer A Reader’s Question About Sugarless Jam

Homemade Jams,Fruit Butters & Jellies

I received a comment this morning that I’d like to share with all of my readers. I have no experience  with diabetes or with sugarless jams or jellies so I’m of absolutely no help at all. But I know that some of you know about this and may be of help. What follows below is…

Jam Without Pectin – What You Need To Know

Free Peaches

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 I make jams and jellies because it saves time and stove fuel. I also think pectin jams have a slightly better taste. But…

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars

100th anniversary Ball Aniversersy Mason Jars

I ordered some 100th anniversary Ball Anniversary Mason Jars earlier this week and they came today. I’m not 100% happy with them. That’s because the “Heritage Collection” jars are absolutely not the “period correct” color that was advertised. The jars to the left of the above photo are the correct color blue. Sure the 100th…

The Final Steps Of Skillful Home Canning

Canned Peaches

Wipe The Jars Clean & Label Your Home Canned FoodsLots 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…

A Recipe For Strawberry Jam Made With Commerical Powdered Pectin

Strawberry Jam Made With Commerical Powdered Pectin

I spent part of yesterday morning making 19 ½ pints of strawberry jam. Most often I will use commercial pectin when making jams and jellies. I like powdered pectin for berry and soft fruit jams and liquid pectin for jellies. It is possible to make wonderful jams and jellies without commercial pectin but that method…

How to Can Grapefruit or Orange Sections

Canned Red Grapefruit Sections

Yesterday I canned grapefruit sections. I’m an opportunistic buyer and happened to be in the grocery store the other day and saw Texas red grapefruit on sale. They looked like a good deal so I bought 20 pounds. Home canning grapefruit or orange sections is very easy. It results in a superior product when compared…

The Home Canning Of Rabbit, Chicken & Small Game

Canned Chicken & Pickles

Modest food independence and sensible food storage are goals that many families strive to achieve. 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 first meat…

Crystals In Canned Grape Juice

Tartrate Crystals

Sometimes when opening a jar of home canned grape juice or grape jelly you will find small sharp crystals inside the jar or in the actual food product. These crystals are tartrate crystals and are formed by the naturally occurring tartaric acid in the grape juice. The crystals are perfectly harmless and in no way…

How To Can & Freeze Green Beans

Green Beans Waiting In Canner For More Jars

Green beans and yellow wax beans are a favorite vegetable for many people. They are easy to grow and easy to can or freeze. 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…