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Old 03-24-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It looks like my peach tree will be producing well this year! It's just a baby -- I put it in the ground last spring and it grew really well! Right now, it's about 5 1/2 feet tall but a lot of little peaches are forming. I'd love to learn how to can them. I'm planting more beefsteak tomatoes this year, too, since I had good luck with one plant last year.

Could you offer some directions or websites that can teach a total novice to can? My mom and aunt used to can but I surely don't remember much about the process!
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Independence, MO
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I tend to freeze more than can. I had a pressure canner explode once when I was helping my grandmother can. So I am still leary of anything that has to be canned with pressure. I will probably freeze more this year than I have in years, matter of fact DH just tilled the garden Sunday and added about 4 more feet to it.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:45 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I tend to freeze more than can. I had a pressure canner explode once when I was helping my grandmother can. So I am still leary of anything that has to be canned with pressure. I will probably freeze more this year than I have in years, matter of fact DH just tilled the garden Sunday and added about 4 more feet to it.
Yikes! The pressure canners available today are so much better then the canners available 25+ years ago. The gauages are more reliable.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Deer Park, WA
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I tend to freeze more than can. I had a pressure canner explode once when I was helping my grandmother can. So I am still leary of anything that has to be canned with pressure. I will probably freeze more this year than I have in years, matter of fact DH just tilled the garden Sunday and added about 4 more feet to it.
Yes pressure cookers can be scary some times, I just do the hot water bath its fine for what I do. Mostly jam and pickels and veggies.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:55 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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We started canning last year, though we were dabbling with jellies for a few years. This year we plan to can pears, apple pie filling, applesauce, jelly, green beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salsa, etc. I didn't like the salsa we made last year, but it tastes great in tortilla soup. We have a huge garden and we want to make it work better for us. I bought a really nice dehydrator this year and have already been making lots of things with that. We found that apple and banana chips are my kids favorite treat. My sister has a Vita Mix blender that takes dried foods and turns them into finely chopped pieces or into powder. I found a great book that has lots of recipes using powders and chopped up spices So we plan to make our own soup bases, meat flavorings, taco seasoning, dip mixes, etc. Might as well since we grow everything needed. We already made cilantro and green onion powder.

We do all this as a family. My parents, my family, and my sisters family. It makes the work much easier.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Here is a thread that is quite long and lots of canning info shared in it. Who does Canning here?

Also in the garden forum there are 2 stickies on veggie gardening we are trying to get a sub forum for veggies going. Admin says there needs to be more traffic on the garden forum first. So help us and you out go visit the gardening threads please.

All Vegetable Gardening

Square Foot Gardening Anyone?

Thanks one and all!
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Looking for something in the garage I realized I have a lot of boxes of empty canning jars out there! That means my cabinets are thinning down to make room for this year's garden bounty! Won't be for a couple of months but that put a smile on my face seeing those boxes.
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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I want to buy a pressure canner, what kind is everone using?
I used my little electric pressure cooker for 7 half pint jars the other day. It worked great.
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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man I am ready to cann
I was looking at making for carrots waiting for a nice sale.....
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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apple butter
I made mine in the crock pot
peeled and cored the apples
put in crock pot so full the lid will not fit on
pour some sugar over and add cinnamon, all spice and what ever you want
put lid on and cover with towel
they will settle down and the lid will be on in a few hours
in 12 hrs stir and pour in clean jars (I boil my flat lids) place lids on jars and you will hear the pop of the jars sealing in a few minutes
before putting the apple butter in jars, have another batch of apples ready to put in the crock pot
so, when you empty it, just add the next batch of apples (no need in washing the crock pot either)
I kept mine going for a week one time
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