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>>>>Sustainable Living PLUS Canning and Dehydrating Food<<<<
Ms Sans Serif
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[quote:tinygreen:MV8xNjEyNjkxXzI2Njc4MDU5XzM0QjhCNERE] [quote:Dr. House:MV8xNjEyNjkxXzI2Njc3OTE3X0UwREU3NzA3] I've been canning for decades. It helps to have a very early morning, say waking up at 3 AM, this way the heat of cooking/boiling isn't going to drive you out of the house. I dry a lot of things, sun dried grapes (ergo raisins), sun dried tomatoes, etc. It helps having a low humidity and 90+F temperatures. I doubt sun drying is really an option for places back east with 80%+ humidity. Drying: I use aluminum window 2 x 2 wooden frames. Sprayed with olive oil (to prevent sticking). I stack them three high, two trays with food, one tray on top as a cover. I also pickle, cucumbers - nothing major. As for canning fruit pie fillings... Don't add that much sugar to the can, plan to add sugar when you bake the pie. Sugar tends to get an odd flavor when canned. Use the fruits juice. If you have a juicer then juice the peels and stuff from the fruit you do not usually save. We have lemon trees, I use lemon juice (skin and all pulverized) in fruits that I am canning. 3/4 C lemon juice to a gallon of water. soak the sliced/diced fruit chunks 15-30 minutes. If you do it right, you will have your big bowl (not metal pot) with your lemon juice and water right there next to the cutting board. Cut up the fruit and add it to the bowl immediately, by the time you have finished cutting you only need to let it sit a few minutes more, while you are prepping the pressure cooker and sterilizing jars. [/quote] thank you for the great advise and suggestions. i wish i could wake my mom up at 3am, but she'd never do it. i'd have our entire house awake, but it would be okay with me. i'll take your advise about not too much for sugar in the pie mix. i'll get some lemons for sure when we do the apples. glad to have another person with experience speaking up. :bravoyeah: [/quote]
last year i canned for the first time. wow, i was nervous.
this year, i'm doing better. i have been canning like mad.
if you'd like, tell us your how's and why's. learning to preserve food is one of the most important skills a person can learn.
if you have a picture of your preserved foods uploaded, let me know and i'll post it for you.
a good source for shtf or urban farming...
Thread: Farmin' in the HOOD --- VIDEO --- these families raise tons of food and have transformed the neighborhood...URBAN FARMING/ GARDENING
so far this year, we have canned...
yellow wax beans
sweet pickle relish
i'm going to try making my own fruit pie filling.
trying my hand at canning potatoes also.
finished the green beans while i was trying to write this. 14 quarts and 15 pints.
i'm going to edit this first post. moving pics to another post and will start the index of recipes and pictures.
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