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6/17/10 5:39 P

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I freeze my veggies. For canning I only use water bath. Have fun saving all that money over the winter.

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6/16/10 4:17 P

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I have a pressure cooker but use it only for green beans, asparagus, corn and things that are not pickled. I have made "v 8 juice" and only used the boiling water bath. The Ball or Kerr canning books are amazing and have a lot of wonderful recipes.
Last year we dried several types of peppers, after they dried we broke them up some and put them in a pepper grinder. It is a fun way of using them. Also, my niece just put them in a coffee grinder and then in a salt shaker.

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6/16/10 1:26 P

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Great...thanks!

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6/16/10 1:13 P

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It works on peppers,too. I make pepper relish,etc...they hold up well. Vinegar is a great preservative:)

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6/16/10 9:20 A

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Thanks for the welcome :)

I figured it might be ok for the tomatoes and pickles, but what about pickling the peppers? I know they have a lower acidic level but am I correct in thinking that the vinegar raises that and makes it ok to not use the pressure canner?

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6/15/10 4:24 P

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Welcome to the Team !!!

I don't own a pressure canner. I use a hot water bath for everything. I am still using salsa, tomatoes, pickles,etc....that I canned in 08".

As you go along & have a specific question, just ask. There is sure to be somebody in this wonderful group that can answer you!!

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Good morning everyone! My name is Missy and I'm from PA. I have a garden for the first time in my life and have no idea what I'm doing lol. I pretty much expected to fail so terribly that nothing would grow but much to my surprise my small garden is growing out of control. I planted cucumbers, tomatoes, MexiBell peppers, banana peppers, green bell peppers, cherry peppers, spinach and mesclun lettuce. Only 1 plant of each except for the spinach and lettuce, I planted too much of those (lots of lessons learned for next year lol).

Now, I need to figure out what to do once they are ready to harvest. I would like to pickle the cukes, banana and cherry peppers. Also plan to make my own salsa. Can I do all of that with just the hot water bath canner or do I HAVE to buy a pressure cooker? The research I've done so far has me scared to death of botulism. Most of what I grow will be stored in the frig and will probably be gone without a few months.

Please give me lots of advice...I need it lol.

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