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i am learning to can, i will tell you about it here. photos sometimes. cost breakdowns, mistakes were made, recipe reviews.

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:19 (six months ago) Permalink

last week i canned 5 quarts of turkey broth from a turkey i bought on sale on black friday. this was my first canning project. not including old vegetables i threw in, each jar cost $0. because the turkey was $10 and i don't think the bones are part of that price, right?
https://i.imgur.com/uN3v6WY.jpg

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:26 (six months ago) Permalink

today i am canning chili from this recipe: https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_05/chili_con_carne.html. i added more spices and a tablespoon of minced garlic to make it more similar to what i usually have. it made about 9.5 pints, the .5 i am eating for dinner (which i had to microwave for a long time as the beans are parcooked). each pint worked out to under $2. some other site said it was 60 g of protein for pint but i figured more like 40 g?

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:38 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

i am canning 10 lbs of sweet potatoes i got from costco

forensic plumber (harbl), Saturday, 29 December 2018 21:35 (five months ago) Permalink

I've never heard of canning sweet potatoes, but they're available here year-round so I wouldn't have. Packed in syrup?

Juul Haalmeyer Dancers washout (WmC), Saturday, 29 December 2018 22:16 (five months ago) Permalink

i did it in water but you can do syrup. i think they will end up very soft, the processing time is 90 minutes, but i can mash them if so. they are available everywhere year round i am just trying to have more cooked food around for when i get home after driving 90 minutes, saving time and dollars

forensic plumber (harbl), Saturday, 29 December 2018 23:24 (five months ago) Permalink

i had my first broken jar in the canner. went to pick it up with the tongs and was like this is weird, the jar's moving but the food isn't. i did hear it pop while it was processing but didn't know what it was. i probably over-packed it to make all 10 lbs fit in 7 jars. whoops. i tasted a piece of sweet potato from that one. definitely soft. i might try raw packing them or larger chunks next time. the other 6 jars look good. the orangey clear liquid they end up with is attractive.

forensic plumber (harbl), Saturday, 29 December 2018 23:53 (five months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

i canned split pea and ham soup a month or so ago, forgot to blog it

forensic plumber (harbl), Friday, 24 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

just canned 4 pints and 9 half pints of strawberry jam from what i picked this morning. only like 16 lbs of strawberries to go.

forensic plumber (harbl), Friday, 24 May 2019 23:02 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't envy the work required, but I do envy the results you'll enjoy.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 25 May 2019 03:17 (one month ago) Permalink

how many cans will you end up with

also idk if this is a dumb question but how does canning jam compare w jarring? do you get longer shelf life

or wait is it a canner that also uses jars & you are using jars for the jame

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 25 May 2019 04:17 (one month ago) Permalink

lots of preserves memories from childhood, mum was a jam making fiend: i ate her plum
jam in sandwiches for lunch every day all through primary school. mum & dad once spent a whole afternoon & night canning green tomato pickles, dad in swimming goggles cutting onions lol it was a whole thing

i am enjoying yr journey <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 25 May 2019 04:20 (one month ago) Permalink

it's canning in jars, yes. i am gonna try low-sugar jam, preserves, then left the last quarter of the load for freezing or baking, don't know yet. also cut up some for yogurts this week.

forensic plumber (harbl), Saturday, 25 May 2019 12:31 (one month ago) Permalink

My parents went through a canning phase when I was in elementary school. My mom's plum jam was v v delicious. Tomatoes, peaches are the other things I remember.

A friend is really into canning chutneys and the Major Grey style stuff she brought over last time was incredibly good, almost made me want to can but I fear the equipment involved. I will soon have more kitchen storage tho so maybe I will give it a go. Harbl u inspire me

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 02:29 (one month ago) Permalink

it's not scary! the instructions for canning sound very strict to prevent botulism, etc., but they are not too hard to follow. especially because it's not necessary to sterilize things (and really, how can you "sterilize" something in your kitchen when the spores are literally everywhere?). i just boil all 5 minute water bath canning recipes for 10 min. i actually prefer pressure canning. it's a lot of work but i can do more at one time. my set-up for water bath canning is not great because i have a flat-top electric stove that has trouble boiling a large pot of water. i hope to have gas in the future. i do water bath canning in a 12 qt stockpot. if you are afraid just try a small batch of something water bath cannable in a stockpot.

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 26 May 2019 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink


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