Home Canning

Canning Grape Juice

A Light Bushel of Concord Grapes

Around here regular canning season is quickly coming to a close and I couldn’t be happier. Last week I home canned Concord grape juice, and this week I’ll make grape jelly with some of the juice that I saved back. I always prepare grape juice for canning and jelly with a steam juicer. After 40…

How To Can Whole Apple Applesauce

Applesauce Apples

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. On the first day the applesauce is made and on the second day I can it. My applesauce is a “whole apple” applesauce. That…

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…

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…

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…

Broken Canning Jar

Broken CAnning Jar Mess

Last week I had a canning jar break in my pressure canner while I was canning chicken with the bone in. I very seldom get jar breakage so I was surprised. 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…

How To Can Mushrooms

Home Canned Mushrooms On Pantry Shelf

Home canning fresh mushrooms is easy. Like all low acid vegetables (mushrooms are actually fungi) mushrooms must be canned with a pressure canner. Mushrooms are usually packed in ½ pint or full pint jars. It takes approximately ½ pound (8 oz.) of fresh mushrooms to fill a ½ pint jar. When selecting mushrooms for home…

Pumpkin Butter

Small Pumpkins

Pumpkin butter made from fresh pumpkins is delicious. It doesn’t taste the same, nor does it have the bland texture that pumpkin butter made from commercial packed  pumpkin has. It’s extra effort to cook and prepare the fresh pumpkin instead of just opening a can, but I think that the finished product is more than…