Monday, August 09, 2010 6:29 PM
this was helpful... it's been a long time since I've canned and this is an excellant refresher...
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:02 PM
This is very helpful! Now if there is a great Pear jam recipe I can use up all of my extra pears my pear tree has made this summer. Right now, I am giving paper bags full of pears away to all my neighbors everyday.
Friday, August 13, 2010 3:23 PM
rsheppard1 try using your pears in this way,
slice pears and fill 1 quart canning jars, cover with 1/2 cup sugar and hot water to top and drop about 6 cloves in jar then process. Excellent for holidays and pork meals. Use the left over peals for preparing jelly, just before you put the cooked pear jelly into jars, add powdered ginger and orange peel that rind to the pot and stir. When the jar is filled, you will see only about three or four rinds in each 4 oz jar. This is especially good on English muffins and is very light and elegant. Go easy on the ginger, season to taste based on size of pot. I gave these as Christmas gifts one year and have been yearning to make more they went over immensely well.
Friday, August 13, 2010 11:24 PM
I'VE BEEN MEANING TO CATCH UP OR RE-LEARN THE CANNING PROCESS. I WAS RAISED IN EAST TEXAS, AND WE GREW OUR ON VEGETABLES, MY FATHER HUNTED FOR OUR MEAT. THE ONLY TIME WE WENT TO TOWN WAS TO GET THE STAPLES, LIKE FLOUR, SUGAR, SALT , ETC.MY GRANDMOTHER MADE OUR QUILTS TOO . WE HAD A WOOD BURNING STOVE, WE EVEN HAD THE OLD OUTHOUSE TO DO OUR BUSINESS. ALSO WE HAD THE ROUND WASHTUB, THAT WE HAD TO HEAT WATER , TO POUR INTO IT, FOR OUR BATHS. MY DAD WAS BORN ON THAT LAND AND HE DIED ON THAT LAND. IT WAS HOMESTEAD BY BROTHER'S FROM ENGLAND, EACH GOT THEIR OWN PLACE , WHICH WAS CLOSE. I'M THE THIRD GENERATION, MY CHILDREN ARE THE FOURTH AND THEIR CHILD, THE FIFTH. MY FATHER AND HIS DA AND BROTHER'S SAWED TREE'S DOWN, AND SHAVED THE BARK OFF AND BUILT A LOG CABIN ON THE LAND. IT WAS THE SECOND HOME BUILT ON THE PLACE. SAD TO SAY IT IS KNOW LONGER THEIR. I CAN REMEMBER WASH DAY, WHERE WAS OUR CLOSE WITH A RINGER WASHER. WITH THREE TUBS AROUND IT. IT WAS A ALL DAY EVENT TO WASH OUR CLOSE AND HANG THE ON THE LINE. EVEN YEARS LATER MY DAD STILL LIVED THAT LIFE. NO MODERN CONVENIENCES AT ALL. HE WAS A SIMPLE MAN AND MADE DO WITH WHAT HE HAD. I APPRECIATE MY FATHER SO MUCH. HE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH AS I WAS GROWING UP. I COULD SURVIVE WITH VERY LITTLE IF THINGS GO BAD WITH THE ECONOMY. I WOULD BE ABLE TO STRETCH MY MONEY A LONG WAY, BECAUSE OF MY UP BRINGING. EVERYONE SHOULD LEARN THESE WAYS, BECAUSE WITH HOW EVERYTHING IS GOING, IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE. THANKS FOR HAVING YOUR WEB SITE. IT HELPS ME TO REMEMBER. KEEP THE OLD WAYS OF COOKING AND SAVING FOODS COMING, WE NEED TO RELEARN THEM. THANK YOU,
Monday, August 23, 2010 5:29 PM
My mom, born in 1886, canned any fruit we grew or she was given by a neighbor or friend. Nothing was wasted. Dessert on Sundays was usually a bowl of this fruit with a cookie or piece of cake. Pears, apricots (my favorite), berries, applesauce, chili sauce, pickles, etc. She taught me to can by asking for my help when I was young, and I've been doing just that since my marriage 60 years ago. This summer I made 2 batches of chili sauce from my dad's recipe, kumquat/pineapple jam, apricot/pineapple jam, and yesterday fig jam. It's about time my children take over this chore and the next time fruit comes my way I'll be sure one or more of them is around to help and learn. Jody, Walnut CA
Thursday, August 26, 2010 4:08 PM
I've been canning my entire adult life. My daughter was never interested in learning, until she had a daughter of her own. Now we take a 3-generation girl trip every summer and pick our own fruits and vegetables, which we preserve when we get home. It's a fascinating way to connect with the earth and the old ways, and it keeps the knowledge and traditions alive.
Friday, August 27, 2010 12:28 PM
Thanks for this canning information. Years ago, I would make grape jelly and can it in half-pint jars which I would give as gifts to young couples in my family. I used my mother's old recipe, but I have lost it. Does anyone have a great recipe for making grape jelly?
Saturday, August 28, 2010 9:11 AM
We've made both peach and Pear jams this summer, using variations from the BALL canning guide recipes. It is a nice feeling to have yummy treats put away, either to use as gifts or to use at home!
Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:56 AM
Forget all the old way of making jam. I spent the summer making freezer jam....quick, easy and fresh delicious taste!