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Old 07-25-2005, 12:32 PM   #1
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Canning Information

I found this site when I was looking for pickling recipes. It is an excellent source for canning info and recipes.


http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_07/...ve_powder.html

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Old 08-03-2005, 05:32 AM   #2
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Oh goodness yes, I used the heck out of that site when I started canning last year.

Thanks for the link Constance, I had completly forgotten about it

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Old 08-03-2005, 09:31 AM   #3
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i've been thinking about canning, but as i am very new to it plus the only canning i have done was just a bit help for my mother back in my russian days where canning is completely different i have no clue to what is going on here, So here is a question, What does it mean "adjust two-piece metal canning lids. Process in a Boiling Water Canner. "
Adjust what? Adjust how? Process how? Jar opened or closed?
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:05 AM   #4
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Charlie, typically that means to put the lids on. They usually specify NOT to tighten them too much. Just enough to get them secure. Finger tightening is the phrase I have read.

Processing means you put all the jars (once tightened) into a big pot with boiling water that does not cover the lids and boil for a specified time. I will post a link that has wonderful instructions for preserving.

http://www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/...preserving.asp
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:04 AM   #5
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A BWB (Boiling Water Bath) canner is really just a big stew-pot with a rack to hold and lift the jars with.

Here's my 21 quart "big blue monster". (ignore all the junk on the table in the background ha ha)

It's actually brand new. I wore my old one out and bought this one to replace it but haven't used it yet. It's a "Back to Basic's" brand.


To process in a BWB canner (as opposed to a pressure canner) you just fill your canner with water until the water comes to at least 1 inch over the top of the jars (you must keep it at this depth so keep a kettle boiling to compensate for evaporation) and bring to a boil.

I load my jars before I fill the canner, then I know I have the correct depth, then leave the jars in while it's coming to a boil. Once boiling, I boil my clean jars for 15 minutes to sterilize them while I'm preparing my food for canning, and then only remove the jars from the canner when I'm ready to fill them. (Remove with a jar lifter, then pour the water out. Don't pour it back in the canner or it'll over-flow and put your fire out when you put the filled jars in to process).

Then boil your packed jars according to the reccomended time on the recipe and adjust for elevation (chart and elevation data for your location available from your local extension office).

Once the processing time has been reached, take them out and set them on tea-towels on the counter, NOT TOUCHING AND OUT OF A DRAFT (Uneven cooling can cause the jars to break and make a bloody mess of your kitchen) and let them cool. Listen for the tell-tale "Plink" of the lids as they seal.

One of my fondest memories of my childhood is when Mom would spend all day canning and then to lay there at night listening to the 'Plink' 'Plink' of the jars sealing.

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Okay, thank you.
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