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Old 03-28-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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What is your procedure? I have done two batches of potatoes in the pst few weeks and no explosions. What is exploding? The jars, tops, or potatoes.

Do you have a Ball book? I use that recipes and have no trouble.



BTW, I also love canning. I think it is addictive.
Told you'd love it once you got over that intial fear. Now the next step would be entering your canned goods in a local women's division at your county fair. You'd be over the moon if it went to your state fair girl!

I need more info on the canned potatoes exploding too. I've never had that problem I love having them on the shelf for quick dishes.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Told you'd love it once you got over that intial fear. Now the next step would be entering your canned goods in a local women's division at your county fair. You'd be over the moon if it went to your state fair girl!

I need more info on the canned potatoes exploding too. I've never had that problem I love having them on the shelf for quick dishes.
I did the fair thing for years in NM and here. In NM I started with our small county fair and would do the state fair in Alvuquerque a month later. Then I did it here (much higher volume) Here the competition was really stiff, I only got a few blue ribbons and lots of red. In NM it was easier. I still have a couple high point trophies which I have on a shelf and had zillions of ribbons, all now in a storage drawer.

I agree with you, it is so much fun and makes you feel so good to win ribbons.

Nita
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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ok so now i want to know how you do your potatos !
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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ok so now i want to know how you do your potatos !
Sorry I haven't had time to reply to you Jasmin. I always consult my Ball Blue book but I do potatoes different ways depending on type of potatoes. I NEVER can russets they get to mushy, red potatoes are my favorite to can less starch.

Trial and error through the years you learn how to tweak canning recipes and still have them be safe to can.

If I can white potatoes I soak them 3-4 hours or even over night in vinegar water then rinse well it cuts down on the starch in your jars. These I chop raw and can from raw without blanching or precooking any. Reds if they are 1"-2" in diameter I can whole then slice for fried potatoes or use in potato salad when needed.

Past few years I've been trying to leave the salt out of my canning but you can put salt or other herbs like dill, rosemary, chives etc too. Just depends on how you will use them and how your family likes them flavored.

Hope that helps.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Same here Ohio...mine cooks all night.... Hubby used to call it Tourture lol
A few years ago I went to Greenfield Village in Michigan with my sister and her family; it was October and we toured a few of the houses. One house had a copper kettle of apple butter simmering over an open fire; the woman inside the house took one look at my 8-year-old niece and said "Stirring this kettle would be your job for an entire day."

My niece did not look pleased! LOL
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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A few years ago I went to Greenfield Village in Michigan with my sister and her family; it was October and we toured a few of the houses. One house had a copper kettle of apple butter simmering over an open fire; the woman inside the house took one look at my 8-year-old niece and said "Stirring this kettle would be your job for an entire day."

My niece did not look pleased! LOL
Yeah...that's how it was done. We went to a Housewarming party a few years ago. It is an old converted farmhouse and the whole families involved with the animals and planting. Anyway they had a big kettle/cauldron out back over an open fire. It was apple butter and all the men were taking turns stirring it. We got a sample of it later that day. Yum....very good.


Last year they made molasses out of their sugar cane. I would have liked to have seen that done
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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lol greenfield is a blast !

Everyone here gives it a stir when they walk by ......

So my MIL is coming up and will show me how to use the Canner I am so exited !! I am making potatos and this way I can learn how to use it without the *FEAR* Factor
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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Hey, my mom is coming to visit next month. Might be a good time to fire up my new pressure canner; that way if it blows up in my face, someone will be available to call 911.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:25 AM
 
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Hey, my mom is coming to visit next month. Might be a good time to fire up my new pressure canner; that way if it blows up in my face, someone will be available to call 911.
now that is thinking. Enjoy your cooker and be sure to show your mom where the phone is, just in case.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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Have you tried drying the herbs for later use with you canned goodies?
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