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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…

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…

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…

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…

A Garden Planner For Home Food Preservation

A 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…

Storing Home Canned Foods

Home Canned Foods In A Cool Cellar

For best quality home canned food should be stored in a cool, dry location. Storage temperature should ideally be between 50°F and 70°F. Canned food needs to be protected from excessive heat, from freezing and from dampness. Heat causes canned food to rapidly lose quality. All canned food should be stored well away from direct…

FAQ Canning Questions

Homemade Jams,Fruit Butters & Jellies

Question:  What’s the difference between a boiling water bath canner and a pressure canner? Answer: For the purposes of home canning, foods are divided into 2 distinct categories. High Acid Foods Low Acid Foods High acid foods are those foods which have naturally occurring acids. Most fruits and most tomatoes are considered to be high…