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Old 06-18-2008, 03:26 PM   #16
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I have never had a jar crack or break but a couple of my friends have
And what a mess it is too! Basically means you have to dump out your whole boiling water pot and start again - never mind that you lost a whole jar of what you're canning! Using canning jars helps. You should never use old mayonnaise or other commercial jars for canning.

And Chey mentioned the extension service. I know the one here offers classes in canning, and will also test your pressure canner. They're a great resource if there's one near you. They used to give away a lot of information, now they charge, but it's reasonable.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:14 AM   #17
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Thank you all for the fantastic tips & guidance!
I'm going to pick up the Ball Blue Book this weekend to read through it.

I bought some wide mouth canning jars last year when a friend of ours made homemade pickels, so I have two shy of a dozen Ball jars in the basement waiting to be filled!

Our local garden center is having a half off all plants to close the season, so I'm heading over this week to pick up the pepper plants I've been thinking about!

I'm excited to give canning a shot this year - even my mom wants in too!

Thank you again - I'm sure I'll be back with more questions!
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:36 AM   #18
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Just another note.... you can't reuse the seals, but you can reuse the rings. When you are done, and you are sure that the jar has sealed (you will hear a pop or can push your finger down in the center of the seal and there is no up & down action) you can store the jar without the ring!

Pat - I know of a lot of 'old timers' who have reused old mayo jars... you are 100% right - do not use them! I take it you had a jar break?

Angie - yum.. peppers! I freeze mine and then just thaw them in a small colander with room temp water when I want to use them in omelets, soups, chilies or spaghetti.
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Chey - I've had a couple of canning jars break over the years. I've never used non-canning jars, but I know a woman who does, and has given me stuff in them. She doesn't get them back.....
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I have had those given to me as well. I hate to say this, but I don't trust those at all and I end up dumping the stuff out and throwing the jar away. I just worry about how safe the food is. I do let the person know about food safety, etc - but then the response usually is - "I have eaten food for years preserved in those old mayo jars.. lol - never got sick from it!"
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Default any recipes for jam using natural sweetner

I was wondering if theres any recipes for canning jam without all that sugar and no artificial sweetners
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:28 PM   #22
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Sure-jell makes a pectin that requires way less sugar than regular jam/jelly. And I've made it with even less than they call for. It works better with fruit that has more natural pectin. Occasionally you'll end up with syrup.
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I use a product called "Pomona's Pectin", which allows you to make jams & jellies w/o much, if any, sugar. This pectin uses the calcium naturally occurring in the fruit itself, for the jelling. It's a low methoxyl type pectin, and includes a separate packet of calcium (monocalcium phosphate), for the fruits lower in calcium. I have had very good luck using it to make jams and preserves (I don't often make jellies). I purchase it directly from the company, but have seen it sold at natural food stores.

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Thanks for the info.I never heard of pomona's pectin.I will have to look for it.
Chey how do you make syrup with fruit?
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This is awesome! Thanks for all the helpful info. I have wanted to get into canning/preserving my own foods for a long time. This has been a great help! I look forward to trying all these tips out.
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There is also a book out there named Will It Freeze? It has a ton of info. More Make Your Own Groceries helps, too.

Once you can or freeze your own tomatoes, you will have wonderful sauces all year round.

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