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post #101 of 688
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I am so excited, and only you ladies can relate. For the 4th of July we made homemade ice cream and topped it with the strawberry jam that didn't seal. I also dried a lot of strawberries this year. I ground the strawberries into a powder and stirred some into an angel food cake batter. It was so very good, and all of our guests (even those who raise an eyebrow at my health food cooking ways) loved the cake! :
post #102 of 688
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Originally Posted by Love_My_Babies View Post
I am so excited, and only you ladies can relate. For the 4th of July we made homemade ice cream and topped it with the strawberry jam that didn't seal. I also dried a lot of strawberries this year. I ground the strawberries into a powder and stirred some into an angel food cake batter. It was so very good, and all of our guests (even those who raise an eyebrow at my health food cooking ways) loved the cake! :
I love homemade ice cream!!! I'll have to try it with our strawberry jam!!!
post #103 of 688
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lmonter, I'd love your recipe for strawberry lemonade concentrate. Sounds so tasty and refreshing! I'm hoping to do more strawberries this week. Trying to figure out childcare for my 17 month old!
It's in the Complete Book of Home Preserving by Ball. Page 192 I think.
Nak'ing right now though, sorry.
post #104 of 688
My first canning experience was a success! I can see why it is so addicting! I can't wait to do pressure canning. Anybody know of a good book that has a yummy chili recipe (with beans)? I can't find one in the Ball complete book of home preserving. Is there a reason for this?

Anyway, here is my first picture of success. The ones on the left have sugar, the ones on the right have honey.

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post #105 of 688
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Anybody know of a good book that has a yummy chili recipe (with beans)? I can't find one in the Ball complete book of home preserving. Is there a reason for this?
Don't know. I'm on the hunt for a chili recipe that hubby'll eat, too. If I remember, I'll do some digging if I can find a canning forum I bookmarked somewhere...
post #106 of 688
I believe there is one in the Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving, I will try to find it for you.
post #107 of 688
Ok, so I didn't use all the lids that I boiled and let sit in hot water while I canned, can I still use those next time?
post #108 of 688

wire bales?

I'm not sure if this is the right place, but I'll try. Has anyone found replacement wire bales for canning jars? I just got a bunch from a yard sale and the wire was pretty beat. I tossed them thinking I could get new ones at the local hardware store (I thought I saw them with the rubber gaskets). I searched on-line and haven't found any place that sells them. Wasn't planning on canning with the jars, just wanted to store beans and grains in the pretty containers.

TIA!
post #109 of 688
I am not quite sure what bales are. is it that part that clamps down over the lid? I have not seen them for sale as far as I can recall. However, I saw these clamps Retro (scroll down)... would they help?

AFAIK Cathy the lids would be ok to use. At least I hope so, since I use mine if I have any left after sterilizing! Usually I have to quick get more ready though
post #110 of 688
[QUOTE=Love_My_Babies;11573272]Oh, and I live in a small town in Wisconsin QUOTE]


I do too and it can be very hard to find some things!! Im in central WI.
post #111 of 688
whoops wrong thread
post #112 of 688
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I am not quite sure what bales are. is it that part that clamps down over the lid? I have not seen them for sale as far as I can recall. However, I saw these clamps Retro (scroll down)... would they help?
Why did I not think of Lehman's?!?!? Thank you so much!!! Going to call them to check before I order.
post #113 of 688
Hi everyone!

I'm in the process of reading Kingsolvers' AVM and have renewed a love of canning and freezing here. I've done starwberry jam, raspberry jam, salsa, and tomatoes and homemade pickles for years.

I'm feeling brave about branching out into pressure canning. I'm ashamed to admit that my mother bought a gorgeous pressure canner a few Xmases ago and I've been too scared to use it so it sits in my closet.

And I'm going to freeze this year.

Cherries are having a horrible summer up here so there may not be many of those.

I need to get off my duff and start the strawberries soon.
post #114 of 688
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Great Website!

http://www.canningusa.com/

I found this site that has video tutorials. Plus, it has recipes for tomato sauce, etc. where they list the recipe not only in bulk canning quantity, but also in a quantity suitable for one meal to test it out on your family before you can tons of the stuff!
post #115 of 688
I just ordered some Pamona's and am really looking forward to giving it a try when all the other raspberries come in

Do you know I went to three different stores and none of them had regular sized canning lids?! I ended up buying some fancy Ball squatty half pints with wide mouths instead. I like the smaller jars for jams, the kids should be able to scoop the jam out of the wide mouth jars easier and it's nice to have a pretty jar, right? I hope I find some lids soon because I only have enough (including the new squatty jars & their lids) for two batches of jam... and I have a gallon bucket full of wild black raspberries that need to be put up tonight. I might have to resort to ordering lids on line.
post #116 of 688
I just made some Watermelon Jelly. I only made 5 jars. I would have made a second batch, but I'm out of jars.
post #117 of 688
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Originally Posted by Love_My_Babies View Post
http://www.canningusa.com/

I found this site that has video tutorials. Plus, it has recipes for tomato sauce, etc. where they list the recipe not only in bulk canning quantity, but also in a quantity suitable for one meal to test it out on your family before you can tons of the stuff!
That site looks great! Thanks for the link, I'm hoping to do my first canning ever this year and that will help so much!

One question: for water bath canning (jams and tomatoes), can I just use a deep pot with a lid? I'd like to see how canning goes this year before I buy a lot of supplies.
post #118 of 688
I was reading in my little house book that people used to perserve unripe fruit with the ripe fruit because the unripe fruit has more pectin. Anyone doing this or tried it? Of course these were people who were not able to buy the boxed pectin.

I also read that people woul perserve peaches with crab apples because peaches have very low pectin and crab apples very high.

I found it interesting so I thought I'd share....
post #119 of 688
My Aunt used to grate unripe apples into her jams instead of pectin.

I have not tried it personally. She is 65, and now riding her bike across America with a girl friend, so I can not just call her up.
post #120 of 688
I froze a few things last year (a little corn, peaches, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes) but want to do more this year, including canning. Fortunately, I have had many canning jars passed on to me and I got a bunch of lids and rings this weekend for free (a friend used wide-mouth pint jars with flowers in them to decorate at her wedding and said I could have the lids and rings that came with them!).

This year I want to do:
canned salsa, spaghetti sauce, peaches
frozen jam, corn, squash, cherries (someone let me pick 30 lbs. in their orchard! Yum!)
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