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That's Awesome Pattie !!! I'm sure you can teach us a few new ideas !!!!

I just read your Tell Us 10 and you sound Very Happy !!! and That's Wonderful !

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I have been putting foods up since I was about 11. Now, 48 years later, I still am doing it.

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OK !!! I'm Jealous !!!

I've always wanted to live in the mountains...It's on my bucket list !!!

Welcome !!!

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5/16/14 9:40 A

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I remember stuffing jars with fresh fruits and veggies with my Grandma back in the early 70's, but my family was "city folk" and the art was lost for a generation. My DH and I moved our family back to the mountains about 10 years ago, started a pretty good sized garden and a small orchard (7 trees and growing). Wouldn't ever consider any other lifestyle, ever again. I can use Grandma's simple techniques..... and really look forward to learning from you all!

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Hi and Welcome...
So glad you are with us. Do feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Pineapple jam sounds Yummmy !!!!

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I am new to canning. I have canned two foods so far: strawberry jam made from strawberries I grow in my yard and pickled green tomatoes from my garden. My next canning project is pineapple jam for Christmas presents.

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I've never tried growing onions from seed just from onion sets. And at that, I don't have much luck. I get onions but they are small.
Let us know how they work out.

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Hi I am new to Sparks. I have been canning and freezing produce for many years. Started out as a teenager helping my mom and grandmother. I try to grow something different every year to experiment with. This year it is growing onions from seed. I live in a short growing zone (5b) so I have to start all seedlings in the house. I have a greenhouse but it is too cold in there right now as the greenhouse is not heated. We had a terrible winter and so far spring is no better! Longing for weather systems to change so that we can have a good growing season. Great to have found this team and also thank you for the "goodie"

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Thanks for the tips! You listed quite a few that I want to try.
They are garlic, parsley, sage, oregano, basil, thyme, chives and cilantro.
Too much for a beginner? I always go whole hog when I decide to do something. lol!
I not only need to learn how to grow them, but how to store them as well. I did do a few
container herbs last year, and I enjoyed putting them in my food over the Winter.

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Herbs are fairly easy to grow...
Some over winter and some are annuals and some are what ever strikes their fancy for that year depending on the winter weather.
I have a parsley bed that is over 5 years old. It just self seeds itself.
Basil, replant every year
Sage, over winters if I mulch it good.
Mint, grows wild so some how, contain the roots.
Chives, overwinters but cut the seed heads off or you'll have a ton of it...Good to share to with friends.
Oregano, over winters if mulched good.
All like sunny to partly sunny spots to grow.

OK,,,That's what I know about herbs..
Hope that helps get you started !

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emoticon Hello from Indiana!

I'm new to the team, but not to Spark or canning/freezing. I've been canning since I married 24 odd years ago. It's just my hubby and me. We live and work on a farm. So happy I stumbled across this team! Looking for people who enjoy the same things I do. So happy Spring is finally in the air!! I've been gardening for a long time, but I'm just now getting into herbs. I hope to start a herb garden this year. I finally found what I think will be a good location for it! So I have a lot to learn about herbs.

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I'm new to the team but not to putting food by. Hubby and I have been gardening and canning and freezing for almost 35 years as long as we have been married. I'm retired teacher and he is retired mill wright supervisor. So now we like trying to put up different things. Thanks Patti for inviting me.

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You're going to Love, Love, Love your Pressure canner when you get going using it !!!!
Jenny, one of our team leaders, got me hooked...
Now I pressure can almost everything, including stocks, leftovers, chili, soups, corn (my favorite, tastes just like fresh picked if you cold pack it)
I have a FoodSaver, also, and it's permanently on my kitchen counter. It's the flip up kind so I can have it right against the back wall.
What a wonderful tool !
Do share some of your recipes...they all sound so good !

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I began canning after I got married about 20 yrs ago. I always remembered my grandmother making beachplum jelly and bread & butter pickles so I did that for a few years, but then stopped. About 3 yrs ago I took it up again and have made lots of different kinds of fruit jams, jellies, butters, pickles, tomato jam, salsa, cranberry sauce, cranberry mustard and my husband's favorite - candied jalapenos - I can't keep that stocked LOL. I got a pressure canner this Christmas and so far have put up chick peas. I can't wait to pressure can more. I have a dehydrator but I rarely use it. I also have a foodsaver that I love love love. It's so economical to buy meats on sale and vac seal - no freezer burn!

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Hi I am new to the team, but not to Spark, been here on and off since 2007 after the birth of my youngest daughter ( I have two). I have been struggling with my weight ever since she was born, (and before that), but I feel like I might have it right this time around.

This is my second canning season, I started last year with some tomatoes and applesauce.

Last weekend I spent the entire weekend canning, and so far I have potatoes, bead & butter pickles, dill pickles, pear raspberry jam, raspberry jam, pear-raspberry sauce (like apple sauce) and last night I did pear vanilla Jam.

I am going to be getting some more pears and have a chocolate pear jam that I want to try and a cranberry pear chutney, but I can't find cranberries right now, so that may just be a dream.

I have a friend who has a farm about an hour away from us, and gives me all sorts of yummy things (that is where the pears and potatoes came from), my family and I also enjoy going to pick your own farms and picking our own produce. Currently our yard does not have a garden, but we should have our own garden next year and I want to replace tress we are removing from our yard with fruit producing trees, like apples and pears and maybe peaches.


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2011, I started canning. I got the dehydrator this spring of 2013.

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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Here's the process from Pickyourown.org

I'm going to have to try this !!!!!

How to Make Home-Canned Roasted Tomatoes - Easily! With Step-by-step Directions, Photos, Ingredients, Recipe and Costs

Yield: 7 pint or quart jars per batch
Click here for a PDF print version
Making and canning your own roasted tomatoes is easy using this standard Ball/USDA recipe and processing times, just roasting the tomatoes first.
This version uses an ordinary boiling water bath canner, see this page for the pressure canner version.
So, here's how to can roasted tomatoes. The directions are complete with instructions in easy steps and illustrated. In the winter when you open a jar, the roasted tomatoes will taste MUCH better than any store-bought canned roasted tomatoes.
Prepared this way, the jars have a shelf life of about 12 months, and aside from storing in a cool, dark place, require no special attention.
Ingredients
Tomatoes - You can use almost any quantity, to make 1 jar or more. An average of 21 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 13 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 53 pounds and yields 15 to 21 quarts-an average of 3 pounds per quart.
Lemon juice - bottled lemon juice (2 tablespoons per quart jar)
Equipment
1 Water bath Canner (a huge pot to sanitize the jars after filling (about $30 to $35 - $30 at mall kitchen stores and local "big box" stores. Note: we sell many sizes and types of canners for all types of stoves and needs - see canning supplies). Tomatoes are on the border between the high-acid fruits that can be preserved in a boiling-water bath and the low-acid fruits, vegetables and meats that need pressure canning
Jar grabber (to pick up the hot jars)
Jar funnel ($2 at mall kitchen stores and local "big box" stores, but it's usually cheaper online from our affiliates)
At least 1 large pot
Large spoons and ladles
Ball jars (Publix, Kroger, other grocery stores and some "big box" stores carry them - about $8 per dozen quart jars including the lids and rings)
Directions - Step by Step

Step 1 - Selecting the tomatoes
It's fun to go pick your own and you can obviously get better quality tomatoes!
Wash, remove stems, and trim off bruised or discolored portions of the tomatoes. Generally, you値l need about 2 quarts of raw tomatoes to make 1 quart of chopped, peeled tomatoes, and each quarts of the prepared tomatoes makes about 1 pint of soup. A bushel of tomatoes weighs 53 pounds.
At right is a picture of tomatoes from my garden - they are so much better than anything from the grocery store. And if you don't have enough, a pick-your-own farm is the pace to go! At right are 4 common varieties that will work:

Top left: Beefsteak Top right: Lemon Boy, yellow
Bottom left: Roma, paste-type Bottom right: Better Boy

The picture at right shows the best variety of tomato to use: Roma; also called paste tomatoes. They have fewer sides, thicker, meatier walls, and less water. And that means thicker sauce in less cooking time!
Also, you don't want mushy, bruised or rotten tomatoes!
Caution: Do not can tomatoes from dead or frost-killed vines. Green tomatoes are more acidic than ripened fruit and can be canned safely, also.


Step 2 - Wash the tomatoes and cut in half
Just wash them in cold water, and cut them in half, through the stem and bottom.


Step 3 - Prepare the jars, oven and pressure canner
Get the oven heating to 450 F (220 C)
Wash the jars and lids
This is a good time to get the jars ready! The dishwasher is fine for the jars; especially if it has a "sanitize" cycle. Otherwise put the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes. I just put the lids in a small pot of almost boiling water for 5 minutes, and use the magnetic "lid lifter wand" (available from target, other big box stores, and often grocery stores; and available online - see this page) to pull them out.
Get a large pot of water boiling
We will use this water to pour over the beans and fill each jar with liquid, after we've packed them full of beans. I use the largest pot I have, so that there is plenty of clean, boiling water ready when I need it.

Get the canner heating up

Fill the canner about 1/2 full of water and start it heating (with the lid on).


Step 4 - Put the tomatoes in the roasting pan
Arrange the tomato halves face down in a roasting pan. You ought to be able to fit about 5 pounds in a large roasting pan. If you like, you may sprinkle each pan with 1 tablespoon of dried, crushed herbs (typically rosemary, thyme and/or basil)


Step 5 - Roast the tomatoes
Roast the tomatoes at 450ーF for about half an hour. Alternatively, you may cook them run them under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes. Either way, cook them until they池e wrinkled with only a few black spots.


Step 6 - Add lemon juice to each jar
Add two tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid to each empty quart jar. For pints, use one tablespoon bottled lemon juice or 1/4 teaspoon citric acid. Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling with product. You can add 2 tablespoons of sugar to each quart jar (1 to each pint) to offset acid taste, if desired. Four tablespoons of a 5 percent acidity vinegar per quart may be used instead of lemon juice or citric acid. However, vinegar may cause undesirable flavor changes.. Add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart to the jars, if desired (I don't add any salt).


Step 7 - Fill the jars with the tomatoes
Fill jars with the roasted tomatoes, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Press the tomatoes in the jars until spaces between them fill with juice. Leave 1/2-inch headspace.


Step 8 - Put the lids and rings on
Put the lids on each jar and seal them by putting a ring on and screwing it down snugly (but not with all your might, just "snug").


Step 9 - Boil the jars in the water bath canner
Put them in the canner and keep them covered with at least 1 to 2 inches of water. Keep the water boiling. Process the jars in a boiling-water bath for 85 minutes for pints and quart jars. Remember to adjust the time if you are at a different altitude other than sea level! Pressure canners work better for tomatoes and other low acid foods - you'll get less spoilage with a pressure canner.
I prefer a pressure canner as the higher temperatures and shorter cooking time result in better flavor and less spoilage. For more information or to order one, click on Pressure Canners. The recipe and directions for pressure canning tomatoes are here.


Recommended Process Time for Whole or Halved Tomatoes (packed raw without added liquid) in a Boiling-Water Canner
Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 3,000 ft 3,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Raw Pints or Quarts 85 min 90 95 100


Step 10 - Done

Lift the jars out of the water and let them cool without touching or bumping them in a draft-free place (usually takes overnight) You can then remove the rings if you like, but if you leave them on, at least loosen them quite a bit, so they don't rust in place due to trapped moisture. Once the jars are cool, you can check that they are sealed verifying that the lid has been sucked down. Just press in the center, gently, with your finger. If it pops up and down (often making a popping sound), it is not sealed. If you put the jar in the refrigerator right away, you can still use it. Some people replace the lid and reprocess the jar, then that's a bit iffy. If you heat the contents back up, re-jar them (with a new lid) and the full time in the canner, it's usually ok. Don't worry if you see the tomatoes floating above a layer of liquid; that's normal. tomatoes have a lot of water in them and it separates a bit. If I had packed the tomatoes in the jars a bit tighter or squeezed for of the free liquid out of them before packing them in the jars, the water layer would be reduced.

This document was adapted from the "Complete Guide to Home Canning," Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA, revised 2006.

I'll put this in our canning recipe box....

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Thank you! just looking into a recipe on roasted tomatoes. Trying to convince my canning buddy to do that when we can tomatoes next week. She is going to try a few jars.

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Well Hi and Welcome to both of you...
You are doing great for being so new at this. It really isn't hard to do, just take your time and read and follow the recipes.
Just like anything, the more you do it the easier it gets...
Don't forget to come to the Daily Chat Thread and the Currently Putting up thread and keep us posted on what you are doing...
You can post recipes in the appropriate Recipe Box Threads...
Also, if you have any questions, Please do come to the threads and ask away !
We are all here to help each other fill our pantries...
We all look forward to "Put Up" with you !!!

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Hello everyone! Just stumbled across this team and was excited to join it. I just started canning and freezing foods since last year. Started out freezing raspberries from my bush, when we couldn't eat them all. A friend invited me to can strawberry jam with her last year. So both last year and this year we have canned strawberry jam and frsh peaches. Just finished canning a bushel of PA peaches last week.

This year I froze strawberries, rhubarb, green peppers and blueberries. We plan to can tomatoes (perhaps fire roasted, if I can convince her) and applesauce.

My mother used to can peaches, tomatoes, pickles, elderberry and plum jam, applesauce and beans. She also froze corn and apple pies. She stopped doing it when I was in college and passes away before I had a family of my own. She did it out of necessity and I do it because I like to know what is in my fruits and vegetables.

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Violet! Welcome to the best group on SP!!!

You have friends here who you can quiz when you are attempting something new. Even those of us that are old hands at preserving are constantly trying to learn new tricks. This group has been extremely valuable to me as there always seems to be someone that has already done anything that I can dream up. AND they are always willing to share.

I hope you'll be an active member and join us in our preservation adventures!

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I have always done my own freezing and dehydrating, but this is my first year doing water-bath canning. So far I have canned a bunch of jam--strawberry, raspberry, cherry, blackberry and peach, plus several kinds of relish, sweet pickles and dill pickles. I'm really proud of the results so far--every jar has sealed!

Growing up, my family always had a huge garden. I always helped with the growing and canning prep., but I've never done the whole canning process by myself before.

I hope to do apple sauce, pumpkin, tomatoes (whole and sauce) and perhaps some pears and more pickles in the next couple of months. I might do salsa too--tomato salsa and tomatillo salsa.

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Aww, thank you, Patti :) It may not always be easy but it's always been an honor.

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Hi and Welcome to our team...AND Thank You for what you and your family do for us !!!! You are SO Special !!!

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As far as actively canning, this is my 3rd summer water canning and I'm in my 1st year of pressure canning. I've also been dehydrating for years and in January my honey got a food saver so we've been using it quite a bit as well :)

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Thank you!!!! I'm so excited to have found this group and I can't wait to get canning very soon.

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Welcome to Our New Members !!!!

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I've only been canning for 3 years now; however, I grew up around canning. I do not use a pressure cooker, I only use water bath methods and I truly do not can much except stewed tomatoes, salsa, and marinara sauce. I'm hoping to expand upon this with the use of my crockpot and bean pots to make the recipes ahead of time.

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Hi y'all I am new to all of this. My Nanny (my mother's mother) canned when I was younger until she had a pressure cooker explode on her. I understand things are a little different now and I've about managed to get my husband convinced that we need to do this because I know it is much better for you and it tastes so good! :-)

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I remember watching my mom do jelly when I was a kid.Then in my 20's a friend would do up stuff from her garden. I just never found the time to try it on my own until about 5 years ago.I posted for equipment on free cycle and found other thing in thrift stores. I did not want to lay out a lot of money if I did not find it interesting. Glad I finally got brave enough ;)

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Yikes !!!! That's a lot of SNOW !!! emoticon

So Glad you joined us and would love to have your blueberry lime jelly recipe.
Seedless raspberry jam is my favorite to eat and make...

Do share some of your tips and tricks. We are so ready and willing to learn new things and/or remember a few we forgot !!!

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I started out helping my mom when I was a kid and have been canning on my own for at least 20-years. My mom taught me how to make raspberry jelly as my first project. She took out too many raspberries and I ended up making seven batches. I definitely learned that recipe by heart. I haven't bought a jar of jelly since. emoticon

Now, I've got a lot of favorites: pickled beans, pickled peppers, tomato sauce, pizza sauce, blueberry lime jam, raspberry chocolate topping, several different kinds of salsa. I also freeze, dehydrate, and make my own liqueur -- raspberry is my speciality. emoticon Have a good day everyone!

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Good Morning Bigsby1 and Welcome to the team.
I just went to give you a SparkGoodie but you don't have a SparkPage.
Do set one up as I know you will love the things you can do on there.
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I just joined sparkpeople and was so pleased to find this team. I have been canning since I was a kid-about 40 years or so. I recently started doing some dehydrating. Glad to see there are like minded people here!

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Hi Jenny and Welcome to the team...
There are a lot of people looking to learn how to can meat ont he team.
I just looked at Amazon and there is only the Kindle Edition. Does your book come in paper?

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Like many others, I started out as a helper in the kitchen when I was a little girl. I grew up in Alabama and we had a garden, so canning and freezing and drying was just a natural part of life for us. After I had my own home, I continued to can. Not only do I think the taste is better (I can taste the metal in store canned foods) it is usually far less expensive.

I love to can and to introduce others to canning. I have a couple of books on Amazon and one deals with pressure canning beef. I save a fortune by canning meats when I find them on sale and I save a lot of time every night when I can just pull food from the pantry (rather than having to thaw meat or run by the store). The book is called I Can Can Beef. My current writing project is I Can Can Chicken. Both of my grandmothers are my inspirations for those books. One granny canned beef and the other canned chicken.

I am so happy to find a spark team of like-minded people!

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Been preserving for as long as I have been allowed in a kitchen. It was just what my mother did and from our family recipe books I can see Granny also preserved - be it pickles, chutneys, jams or bottling/canning.


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I've been canning for about 35 years. I have a pretty good size garden and love to see the "fruits of my labor" arranged on my pantry shelves. I do a little bit of dehydrating. I also took up making wine about 4 years ago, which is a lot of fun!

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I helped my mother and grandmother when I was a child to put up meats. vegies and fruit. Wow! Those canned peaches were to die for. I have continued through the years (I am now 57) and I still do canning, mostly veggies. It is a great feeling to know you did the whole process from planting and nurturing your plants to picking and cleaning and processing all yourself, not to mention they taste sooooooo good. We used to have 3 gardens when our children were little. Those were the good old days. I only wish I had the time and energy to do all that I used to do.

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I have "put up" foods nearly all my married life (47 years). I have canned and frozen all kinds of vegetables and meat. Years ago on the farm here in Nebraska, my mother canned meat every year. I did in early years, but then forgot about it. This year it was suggested that I can venison since I had quite a bit of it. I did it, and it is certainly yummy. It tastes like the canned beef used to taste, and can be used just like it was.

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Hi . My name is Tammy. I have always bought in bulk, and husband is into hunting and fishing. So most of our meat intake is venision. I freeze everything I can. But want so much to learn more about canning.

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I have been putting *Foods By* for 40 years. I used to do alot of canning but since I am alone now, have given my canners to my married daughter. We share our produce finds. My daughter gives me some of her home processed foods.

I have two refrigerators. One in my kitchen and one in my pantry. I use the freezer in both fridges, to put foods in convient single servings.

I used to have a dehydrator but found I didn't use it very much. Sold it, in a garage sale, when I down sized my living accomodations.

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So Glad you both joined us...Can't wait to "PUT UP" with you next season.

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USED TO HELP MY MOM WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. BUT, AS AN ADULT, JUST EVERY YEAR FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS. ADDICTED TO IT NOW!!!

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Good Morning and Welcome to the Team !!!!
Even tho things are winding down for the season, do ask us anything you'd like to know so you can be ready for next year.
See you on the Threads !!!!

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I use to Help Mom do the canning and continued doing it yearly until Children grew up and moved out. Now with eating healthy I want to learn how to preserve meals for DH and I.

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Hi Everyone and Welcome to the Team...

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I just recently started again, after nearly 12 years of not putting anything "by".

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New to team and glad to find a group with like interests.. Hope you all are having a great day. Am looking forward to getting to know you all better................Naki

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I have been preserving foods for over 40 years now. I do canning (hot water bath and pressure canner), dehydrating and freezing. Took a course in 2000 through the university extension and am a Master Preserver. Just made sauerkraut on Monday (in the crock working as I speak) and tried sweet sour red cabbage recipe today(hope it turns out). Still have to get the rest of the tomatoes,squash and sweet potatoes out of the garden (we had frost 2 nights ago and our garden is ending for this year). Husband is great with helping me..so lucky.


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Hi everyone.

I'm new here - it's Crystal. Nice to be here. I've been freezing since I can remember and I started using water bath canning a few months ago and I have a pressure cooker I'm still nervous about using. emoticon I would love to share and receive tips, tricks and recipes that not only taste great but are healthy.

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I guess I've been canning for over 40 years, mainly with a pressure canner. My mother-in-law taught me, and I can remember "snapping" beans on her porch as a child (I married the boy next door and it has lasted 43 years).

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I've been freezing forever, just like the previous correspondent. Last summer I started water bath canning (salsa and various pickles). I will be doing more pickles tomorrow night (okra, cukes), and I hope to find enough fresh tomatoes at the local farmer's market this weekend to make tomato sauce. I like the idea of preserving canned goods, and knowing the ingredients therein, and am on the hunt for all sorts of unsweetened water bath canning recipes. (I do not get enough sun here to grow enough of my own veggies.)


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Freezing I have been doing forever but I'm itching to learn how to can. I've watched several video's on YouTube and it seems simple enough. I'm hoping to try my hand at it this year.

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I have been canning for at least 25 years, some years more than others. I joined a CSA this year, along with a small garden in my yard I will have lots of produce to work with this year. I thought it would be fun to join this team for some good ideas.

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I have been canning and the like since I was a little girl. We are farmers and this is what we do with a lot of the produce in our gardens. So that adds up to a lot of years !

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I have been home canning Most of my life. Don't be afraid of pressure canners. That cannot happen. The pressure canners lock in a way they cannot blow up. There is a pressure valve that will blow in an emergency; and that will only happen if you are not properly regulating the canners pressure. We have all heard the old horror stories. Pressure cannning saves so much time.

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About 7 years, although it mostly jams, etc. I'm still afraid of pressure cookers-- graphic stories about a grandmother blowing up a kitchen.

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Are you trying to make me feel old? I helped Mom, Moo(Best friends mother), Grandmother Then we (Best friend and I ) Made Jam. Then we did it on our own. One year I took the train with sugar jar's and lid's to her house so we could can apricots. I still have green beans. have not done them in a wile.

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Since 1972 with 3 or 4 years break because we moved in a mobile home park. Missed garden life and moved on 1 acre and back canning ! emoticon

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11/24/11 7:52 P

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Since 1975 or 76: water-bath "canning" (glass jars), pressure canning in glass jars, drying, some root cellar/unheated-garage storage, hot-pack glass-jar canning.

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Ive also been canning for about three years. My Mom never di. She said it took to much time. I love gardening and have about 1 acre in gardens. My DH finally said if I was going to maintain the gardens then I needed to start canning and I love it.

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Hello, everyone!
--I hope your day is going well. I'm a newbie to the group and relatively new to canning.
--I started canning three years ago when I had an avalanche of tomatoes from my garden. The first year I used some of my canned tomatoes I had a sickly feeling that I would get someone seriously ill. Well, no one got ill and I've gained some confidence.
--I have really only canned tomatoes ( I did okra once but decided freezing was the best option for it.) I haven't pickled anything yet and want to give that a try.
--I would also like to can some home-made chili I make but am not sure how to determine times, pressure, etc. with home-made soups/stews.

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