Tips On Canning Bread And Butter Pickles

Don’t you just love pickles? The tangy, yet slightly sweet flavor, makes for the perfect balance in taste. The crispy texture compliments your sandwiches, burgers, meats and makes them much more enjoyable. With so many uses for pickles in various foods and recipes, it may be beneficial to learn how to make bread and butter pickles. If you store them properly they will last throughout the year. Whether you are new to canning pickles or have been doing it for a while, here are a few tips to help you improve your canning process: 1. Use An Ice Water Bath... more »

Canned Veggies And Their Ideal Planting Times

Some vegetables can be grown all year long. By planning well, you may find that you have plenty of vegetables to can and enjoy. Here is some information on planting times for the vegetables that people most often can. 1. Green Beans Green beans require warm soil temperatures since they are frost-sensitive. You can plant your seeds outdoors anytime after the last spring frost. You can also choose to begin seeds indoors, about one month before the projected last frost. Transplant the seedlings approximately two weeks after the last frost. Very cold soil can result in poor germination or damage... more »

Here’s How To Make Jam From Frozen Fruits

Did you know that you can make jam from frozen fruits? To preserve the freshness of your garden harvest, seal and freeze it for later use, especially in the off-season. But what if you are left with a massive amount of frozen fruits that you can’t possibly process? Make homemade jam from the frozen fruits and enjoy a dose of lusciousness when the fruit is otherwise unavailable. Fall and winter are the perfect time to make jam from summer fruits such as berries. This is because the extra heat from the jam-making process brings comfort on such cold days. Let’s... more »

5 Tips For Preserving Your Garden Harvest

You might have been storing, canning, and preserving for quite a while, but there is always a new trick to learn when it comes to keeping your favorite foods and staples safe. We have compiled five necessary storage and harvesting tips for every canning enthusiast interested in preserving their home-grown stock of fruits and vegetables. Preserve Fresh Fruits Into Jams and Jellies Who doesn’t like to eat home-made jam with toast all summer long? Not only does it serve as a perfect breakfast and treat, but you can also preserve your summer fruit as a delicious jam to enjoy all... more »

A Short Gift Guide For Your Home Canning Enthusiast

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or a housewarming party – it is always thoughtful to bring a gift. But what do you present the DIY king or queen who even makes their jams and preserves themselves? We suggest going beyond the usual gifts and pay attention to what they like. If you have a friend who’s obsessed with everything home-made and loves to make preserves of jam, chutneys, and pickles, here is our list of gift ideas for them: Customized Canning Labels If you have a friend or family member who makes jams, pickles, and chutneys – gifting them... more »

Canning Vs. Freezing – What Is The Best Food Preservation Method?

Canning was used to preserve foods before freezers became a standard fixture in every household. Many people still believe that it is the most effective method of conserving food as it retains the nutritional value of the food. But now, many other elements also factor in when measuring the efficiency of both preservation methods. These include time, taste, texture, consistency, and spoilage of food, to name a few. Canning and freezing both have their pros and cons, and if you are wondering which process is more viable, let’s find out. Pros And Cons Of Canning If you want to take... more »

Tips For Home Canning Low Acid Foods

Home canning is an exciting hobby, but before you start on your journey to preserving foods and fresh produce on your own, you need to know how to do it correctly. When it comes to low acid foods with a pH of 4.6 or above, pressure canning is the safest method. This is because low acid foods aren’t appropriately processed during water bath canning and so the spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria survive boiling water. These spores later grow in the sealed jars of water bath-canned low acid foods and produce a deadly toxin. This is why low acid foods... more »

How To Get Crisp Dill Pickles While Canning

Dill pickles are a staple in every American household. A classic topping on burgers and hotdogs, dill pickles epitomize summer for everyone. However, if you love to make them at home, the problem is that you may end up with soft, mushy pickles instead of perfect, crispy ones. As much as we’d like, it’s not possible to prevent pickles from going soft, especially if you didn’t pay attention during the canning process. If left in jars for extended periods, your pickles will eventually begin to get mushy. That’s why it’s important to get the canning process right and leave the... more »

How Long Does Homemade Canned Food Last?

Ever wish you could store batches of your famous jam for months? Maybe you have a child going away to college, and you wish there were a way to make sure that they have your home-cooked meals every night? Well, let me tell you about a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and healthy answer to your prayers. Canning food is the process of storing food in airtight containers. But before that, it is heated to a temperature where all harmful bacteria and microorganisms die so you can quickly cover and preserve it in pristine condition. Then open up the can whenever the... more »

A Guide To Foods That Can Be Canned!

Do you source your fruits and vegetables from your farm or buy in bulk to get the best rates? Are you looking for ways to preserve them, so they last way past their shelf life? Try canning them – canned food can be kept safe for a very long time as it is impervious to contamination. This way, you can have flavorsome, nutrient-rich food anytime you please. Each canned item can last for at least several years, depending on the food type and how good your canning technique is. What Type Of Food Can Be Canned Safely? Canning is one... more »