My daughter's soon-to-be mil, back in th day down in Kentucky, used to help her family can outside over a bonfire-type set up. They were canning green beans, but their dad had to go help a neighbor "real quick", he said, and "don't do anything till I get back". Well, the kids thought it would be great if they got lots done and surprised him by the time he got back, so they built up the fire-they knew it had to be "real hot". The beans were cookin' away and they heard a big bang! They exploded a jar, and-of course-it brke the others. It blew glass and beans all over the yard! Whew! Shoulda listened to dad!
A friend fro church, when she heard that I can, asked me if I could tell her what she had done wrong some years back (before I knew her) when she had once tried to can. I said sure, and she told me about how she prepped the jars and filled them. "Uh-huh, sounds fine.." I waited for the rest. She waited for me to tell her what she did wrong. I asked, well, how did you process them? She just gave me a blank look. Trying to be helpful, I prompted "Hot water bath? Pressure canner?" Same blank look. Nope, she just put them on the shelf, but they never sealed for some reason. Mystery solved! LOL!
Early in our marriage we decided to make sauerkraut, good Midwestern Germans that we are. We used a crock, followed all the directions, but still only succeeded in rotting cabbage in our basement. It was rather gross! We've gone on to can, pickle, freeze, and otherwise preserve all kinds of things...except sauerkraut!
Jeanette Madison, Wisconsin
current weight: 170.0
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Once we were renting a house with an apartment sized stove. I blew it out trying to can and cook dinner using every burner and the stove. The owner replaced it but cautioned me never to use everything at once again. I thought about it and decided to set up outside to finish up my peaches -- using camp stoves and folding tables. I was set up in the side yard next to the alley under a shade tree. It worked out really well -- but was still hot exhausting work. As I was finishing up several dozen quarts a car drove down the alley -- the driver did a double take and came back around and stopped and asked how much I was selling my peaches for. It was the first time I stopped to think how I must look out there -- like I had set up a little home business. I just laughed and told him it was a labor of love and I wasn't selling. He tried to beg one off me -- they were pretty -- but I was adamant.
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thanks for sharing.. Just recently while canning green beans my friend Bobby and & I were busy,I was sealing and Bobby filling jars when heard a pop we thought wow that was pretty fast only had done a few jars. Well, it was the jar Bobby was filling and Bobby is 72 yrs old and didn't quite hear it so when I looked over we had seen the damage bottom of jar just blew out and water went all over. we laughed...laughed. :) have a great day! Peace, Darlene
Darlene Casale Ruthenbeck
Mark 10:27; Matthew 19:26 "With God all things are possible"
One time when I was a kid, my older brother (8years my Sr) decided to use the pressure canner to heat water, because "it's faster". When the steam started to pour out, he popped that lid off and -BAM!!!! went flying! We had a star shapped pattern in our drop-cealing after that, which was melted right in.
Got any fun stories about caning or freezing, or anything?
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