Pick up a copy of Putting Food By or the Ball Blue Book (PFB may be out of print, but you could find it at Alibris.com or maybe Amazon.com) - these books have all of the basic instructions - and then find a (new) friend who is an experienced canner - between these resources you should be fine -
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I am new to canning to, nervous but very excited to try. I started off with a small garden - a couple of tomatoes, some broccoli and some swiss chard. Now every year I get a little braver and a little wiser and try more and more. I've never grown enough to make canning worth while, we just eat whatever we grow. This year is my most ambitious year, I'm still on the small size compared to a lot but this year I'm going to give pickles a try. I also am trying a Mr. Stripey tomatoe plant!
Good luck and hope your garden continues to grow!
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I have canned all of my life, I am 71, since I was 19, healthy as a horse! You can't can wrong because if you do the seal comes open on the can and then guess what? You don't eat that jar of whatever. I hardly ever have a can that doesn't seal or one that comes open. I don't make a science out of it either. Wash the jars, fill/prepare the content properly, process the jars, cool them, remove the rim and store the jars, I always date mine, they are good for several years. I store them in a cool dark place, I store mine in our shed, it is insulated, it gets hot in the summertime but does not freeze in the winter. I also re-use jars from bought products that have that little rubber ring in the lid, I only use them once though, don't want to push my luck. After eating home canned tomatoes you will never consider store bought ones again, no comparison. I used to have a huge garden, I have canned over 500 quarts of veggies in one season, including catchup (DELICIOUS) I am down to container gardening, I have 55 gallon drums cut in half, it works great. I have added to my population this year as I am going to can tomato juice, I am on a serious diet and tomato juice is free. I hope you get the bug. I have a friend Gemini/Sky, look on my Profile, she is fun and does everything, even gathers her own Maple Syrup. Good Luck, Missnuggy
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Hello fellow dirt-diggers! .....actually, I'm sort of new to gardening - but it's nice to feel like you belong. I have a small hobby farm and have been poking things into the ground for a few years. Mostly things that people have given me because it 'died' or they didn't want it anymore. Luckily, people seem to want to get rid of a LOT of day lilies and hosta. So with those worked in just about everywhere, my yard doesn't look like a nursery dumping ground - LOL. This year I picked up some sad little tomato plants and put them in some big pots that I had stuffed into a corner of the barn. I put some spearmint plants around the base of them (hoping to keep the bugs at bay). They're growing like crazy! Hope to see some tomatoes soon. Anyone ever hear of 'Yellow Pear' and 'Mr. Stripey'? I've always been fascinated by the idea of canning but have always been scared of poisoning myself if I did it wrong.
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