and much disliked in the summer (when you do it every day for weeks on end). It involves heavy pots, lots of hot water, steam, chopping, grinding, and lots of cleaning up!
Yes, we are talking about canning! Do you do it? Do you water bath? Do you pressure can? Both? If you've never done it before, will you start this year?
If you are a crazy canner during the summer, do you can when you don't have a garden? I just discovered this different type of canning a few years ago but....more about that in another post!
It's time to start thinking about canning this summer - and yes...I know it is snowing outside right now. Begin to gather your equipment (more on that in another post).
Start picking up jars - so easy to find at estate sales, auctions and thrift stores. I often see ads in our little paper from elderly ladies who have finally given up canning and they are selling off all of their jars!
Pick up a copy of the Ball Blue Book - it's inexpensive and is a good basic place to start!
Keep an eye out for sales at Tattler - my favorite re-usable canning lids - yes re-usable! I don't buy canning lids anymore and I save a lot of money because of that each year! I love my Tattlers!
Also, check out your local county extension office. They usually have a canning expert on staff! I make good use of this resource myself. When I am going to can one of my own recipes and want to make sure I have the times and pressure down correctly, I always run it by our local extension agent just to make sure I haven't missed something!
Let me know if you have any canning questions, and I'll respond to them in future posts on canning.
More on my favorite equipment coming soon with some giveaways to help you on your path to putting up food!