Originally Posted by ValeriGail
I actually did pick up the ball "complete book of home preserving" book. It arrived from amazon yesterday evening! Super excited about that!
Here is my issue this morning.... I'm working with Figs. When researching online, they fall into the low acid group. Some say they need the pressure canner some say not. Its very confusing. The Ball book says to water bath the figs, as does the two other books I have, unless doing preserves.
I know its the pressure canner and operator error because I did strawberry and an apple batch and both didn't set right.
I would say that if the Ball Book said to use a water canner, I would use it. I have never had a jar that didn't set when using the water canner method.
Also, your pressure cooker might not be calibrated right. You might want to have it checked. If there is a problem with your pressure cooker I would be more worried about that than a pot of water around your kids. Those things can blow up.
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE canning
. I made canned peaches and strawberry jam last year, and my friends just looked at me like I was a freak ( I guess people in their early twenties aren't supposed to like this sort of thing
) Anyway... Everyone loved what I made and it turned out really wonderfully.
I am on the hunt for some strawberries that I can pick and turn into a beautiful jam.
Post some pictures of your fig jam when you get it sorted out, I would love to see it.