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Canning basics, supplies
« on: August 21, 2020, 05:01:16 PM »
What are some recommendations for canning/jarring for beginners? Lots out there to find, but I figured this would be as good a place as any for tips, pointers, recommendations, etc. Spefically, what supplies are needed, what is a good Youtube channel, a blog, etc.? Looking for some helpful hints from experience. Anecdotes most welcome. Thanks!
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2020, 05:54:37 PM »
I only have one anecdotal piece of experience to share.  Never try canning for the first time when you are big and pregnant, with 3 small children underfoot.  There will inevitably be broken glass and lots of tears (not the children's).  I think you'll be ok, otherwise  ;D
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2020, 04:14:54 PM »
Well I am not the world's most prolific canner, but I do have a few tips I wish I had been told at the beginning.

If you are buying canning jars for the first time, invest in wide mouth jars, not regular. These are so much easier to use, and they work far better for many things, like pickles. It is much better to just get all wide-mouth from the beginning.

Buy the "canning" kit you see in a lot of stores. It comes with your grippy lifter, your magnetic lid pick-up, a funnel etc. The only thing I wouldn't do is get a kit with a pot. The pots can be really small and more for hobby canning. Invest in a really good huge canning pot with the jar rack. You can usually find these at hardware stores, farm supply, estate sales, etc.

I am not sure if you are planning on jam mostly or if you will need to can meat and acidic veg. If so, you will want a nice big pressure cooker for canning those items.

I am not sure if you will be preserving from your own garden, but outside of that, try to get as much stuff for free to preserve as you can. Any sort of community pantry with tons of free fruit/veg, (hardly any people take the free veg from pantries and it usually just rots, such a pity) a friend with some neglected apple trees, wild blackberries, etc. Preserving can be very expensive if you are buying fruit/veg to preserve. Getting free stuff ensures that you are actually saving money.


There are a lot of really great youtube videos on canning now, including some from Mennonite ladies who could can in their sleep...lol. Watch a lot of tutorials, start out with the right equipment, and good luck!!
 
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2020, 05:26:48 PM »
Canning has always made me nervous. If you don't do it right, you could die. Whereas with fermenting stuff, you'll just get sick...
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2020, 05:31:39 PM »
Canning has always made me nervous. If you don't do it right, you could die. Whereas with fermenting stuff, you'll just get sick...

Yeah. Based on this Coffee's post, I think I'll buy Mrs. H something else and just get one of those bag sealers for the freezer. When the grid goes out, we'll use the solar. That we haven't bought yet. What are some lotions from companies that don't support abortion. Bath and Body are out for this fact. Thanks!
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2020, 05:50:47 PM »
Canning has always made me nervous. If you don't do it right, you could die. Whereas with fermenting stuff, you'll just get sick...

Yeah. Based on this Coffee's post, I think I'll buy Mrs. H something else and just get one of those bag sealers for the freezer. When the grid goes out, we'll use the solar. That we haven't bought yet. What are some lotions from companies that don't support abortion. Bath and Body are out for this fact. Thanks!

Skins lotions?

beef tallow!

https://miriamsskincare.com/

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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2020, 05:51:24 PM »
Make your own lotion!  I've done it.  It's safer and easier than canning, and no broken glass or tears ;).  You'll need she's butter, beeswax, coconut oil, essential oils, and a hand mixer (I think...it's been a while since I've made any).  Or, just use straight coconut oil, with optional essential oil. 
 
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2020, 05:09:08 PM »
Start with water bath canning. Pickles, pickled beets, pasta sauces, salsa, etc.

Don't mess with any vinegar ratios, and don't waterbath can anything that needs to be pressure canned (botulism).

Save money by getting a set of jars 2nd hand. There's lots out there on FB marketplace and craigslist.

If you are nervous about pressure canning, find a friend who does it already and ask to watch them do it. That's how I learned. Some counties have extension offices that help with testing gauges and education, but lots have shut down due to liability issues (all mine have, unfortunately).
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2020, 05:10:36 PM »
Another option would be learning how to ferment. Kombucha, kraut, real pickles, sourdough, etc.
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2020, 05:15:30 PM »
Canning has always made me nervous. If you don't do it right, you could die. Whereas with fermenting stuff, you'll just get sick...

From what I've read, the risk of botulism is super low, as it can be cooked off (so things like green beans that you heat up will kill the botulism), plus the bacteria that makes the food spoil almost always presents first, so you wouldn't eat it anyway if you had sense to smell when a food is spoiled.

I know there aren't a huge amount of people home canning these days, but by statistics (from CDC) in 2017 19 people had it from food and 3 people died.
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2020, 05:59:02 PM »
Could you use and instapot, and would that be an easier process?
 

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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2020, 06:07:15 PM »
Could you use and instapot, and would that be an easier process?

Only for high acid foods (things you would waterbath).
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2020, 06:21:32 PM »
Another option would be learning how to ferment. Kombucha, kraut, real pickles, sourdough, etc.

What are real pickles?
 

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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2020, 08:26:19 PM »
Another option would be learning how to ferment. Kombucha, kraut, real pickles, sourdough, etc.

What are real pickles?

Fermented with salt water + time rather than with vinegar. That's apparently how they were originally made.
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Re: Canning basics, supplies
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2020, 09:12:26 PM »
So, sauerkraut with cucumbers.  I've tried sauerkraut twice, and failed both times.  I guess I'll stick with my sourdough habit  ;D
 
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