Frugal Village Forums banner

1 - 20 of 33 Posts

·
Founder
Joined
·
19,054 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I haven't preserved anything in awhile. I am thinking this year might be a great year to do some.
Who does canning and what do you can?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,290 Posts
I do canning every year and have for years now.

I can:

- applesauce
- pears
- peaches
- jams/jellies
- chili sauce
- salsa
- blueberries
- tomatoes

The pears, peaches and blueberries I've had to buy, but wait until closer to the end of the year when they go on sale in bulk. This year I'll have to purchase my tomatoes too, but again will wait until closer to the end of the year.

I purchase the strawberries for jams from a local strawberry place. When we lived in the city, I had enough strawberries that I didn't have to purchase any. This year I plan on planting more strawberries and raspberries.

The apples were given to me by a friend here who doesn't use hers at all.

I have all my canning supplies ready and waiting. I did purchase a pressure canner but returned it as I want to get a different one. Then I'll do some canning of fish and meat.

I can hardly wait until canning season. I love the process of canning and love going downstairs and seeing my shelves filled with jars of every color and description.
 

·
Heather Bob
Joined
·
7,312 Posts
Funny you should ask..........I was sorting all my jars and making sure I had enough lids to match. I am all set.

I can chili sauce, salsa, pickles, jams, peaches, pears, apple pie filling, tomato sauce.

Same here CJ, isn't it great to see the beautiful colours all lined up on the shelf!! Almost don't want to touch them, but we do, I took a picture last year just so I could remember!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
I just learned to can last year.A dear neighbor was a really patient teacher,I just love it!!

I can tomatoes and Strawberries(makes a wonderful icecream topping)salsa and hoping to learn more this year.Glad I found this board!!


Heather,

How do you do the chili sauce....that sounds great!
 

·
Member
Joined
·
27,948 Posts
I'd like to learn. The thought of canning has always intimidated me ~ I've been afraid of poisoning my family,lol.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
33,846 Posts
I'd like to learn. The thought of canning has always intimidated me ~ I've been afraid of poisoning my family,lol.
Me too, Darlene! :toothy: I have all the jars, small, mediem, large and even very large jars. I have an old from my dad. But what I don't have is the *guts* to try...I wish I had someone who would be with me, the first time...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,626 Posts
I would like to learn too. Dh said he'd be my "guniea pig" to test the preserves and stuff. I'd like to learn to can veggies, fruits and the chili and tomatoe sauces sound good. We go through salsa like mad, so maybe it would be a good thing for me to learn too....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,854 Posts
It might be better to ask what I don't can :)

I can:

jellies/jams
fruits- apples (and pie filling), peaches, pears, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries, pumkins (and pie filling)
veggies- carrots, green beans, corn, potatoes, squash, turnips, pickles
soups
meats- especially when I find a really good deal- like the .19/lb chicken leg quarters last week)
sauces- ketchup, pizza, chilli, spaghetti, salsa

and so on. . .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,196 Posts
Canned meats? now that is the first time I have ever heard of that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,854 Posts
Oh yeah- I can meats all the time. Chicken, ground beef, venison. . . . .

My grandmother used to can whole chickens in gallon jars- I debone mine and can it that way. Far easier (esp. since I don't have many gallon jars)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,196 Posts
Do you use a pressure cooker to can? Just asking because I have no idea how to do it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,290 Posts
Robin, in order to can meat safely, you need to have a pressure canner to do so. Canned chicken is awesome and so is canned deer meat!! I'm saving for a pressure canner, which you can pick up at Walmart for $99 (Cdn.).

The neighbour brought over some fresh rhubarb yesterday, so this week I'll be making rhubarb/strawberry jam again this year (as soon as I find the recipe!!). Dh and ds#1 really like it.

For those who are afraid of trying it, the best place to start is with jams/jellies. They are really easy to make, have all the instructions when you use pectin and you can seldom go wrong in making them. From there, you can progress to fruits (again which are easy).

Also, at Walmart you can pick up the Blue Ball canning book, or you can probably find a good canning book at your library. Most canning books have pictures in how to can or do preserves.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
A dear friend of mine said she used to can whole chickens and sausage with her mom all the time,and it was awesome eating!I think it would be wonderful to feed my family with all farm raised meats and veggies.BUT ,I have got along way to go:eek: :D :eek: I think it would be so neat ,though!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,807 Posts
:chef: When I was younger, I canned many things. Venison, vegetables, Fruit. One year I canned 350 qts. Huckleberries and usually at least 4-5 bushels of Tomatoes. Did 7 bushels of corn one time {given to us--cut it off cob to freeze } soon found out it was cow-corn!!!!! Someone Jim knew once gave us so many cabbages--I had no idea what to do with it. Decided to make Cabbage-Slaw. After I sliced it all up thin, along with peppers & onions, I read the recipe AGAIN--found out you had to soak the cabbage overnight in salt water. Guess what I had to use??? Scrubbed the bathtub extra good & that's where it went!! I must say it was great eating. The mess was something else. During canning season--I would start when all the kids left for school & then clean up the mess before they arrived home. I have had some adventures but no more canning for me. Good luck to all who do it. :smball: Liz
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
33,846 Posts
I am going to try canning for the first time this year!!! I have watched my parents and my MIL do it for years but this will be my first time on my own. Dh bought me an entire canning kit to get started, I was excited just to get the Ball Blue book but it came with a 21.5 qt. canner pot, jars, tongs, funnel, magnetic thingie, recipes, coupons and the basket you put the jars in the bottom of the pan.
I need to do a lot of reading and hopefully I can do it!!!! :)
 

·
Member
Joined
·
27,948 Posts
Oh Liz you do know how to have fun! Smart lady using the bathtub.;) I love huckleberry jam...seems like a lot of berries arent grown or easily recognized anymore. It's a shame. Maybe this is the year I'll learn to can...:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,917 Posts
Darlene, I could come up and show you! :D

I remember those times Mom mentioned! It seemed from late June through the end of September we always came home to a counter (and any available surface) filled with canned goods! I remember the cabbage in the tub and bushels of fruit and veggies. Tomatoes and peaches were not my favorite to do (the skinning process gave you itchy hands!) but the end product is well worth it!!

It seemed like tomatoes, pickles and peppers went on forever! :eek:

Mom, tell them about your bout with hot peppers!! :yikes: And what to avoid!

I don't can much with only dh and I. But I have made jams and jellies, tomato sauce, pickles (bread and butter are my fav! :chef: ) blueberries and peaches. A couple of times my sis and I did it together as we both have small families.

I think I will be doing some this year too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,290 Posts
Diana, with hot peppers or banana peppers, you NEVER EVER cut them up with bare hands!!!

A friend had asked me over one time to help her cut up hot peppers and for days on end afterwards, my hands burnt!!! I have not ever cut up a hot pepper since!!!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,917 Posts
I know CJ! :yikes:

If Mom doesn't answer this post, I'll tell you all what happened and it was worse than burning hands!!!
 
1 - 20 of 33 Posts
Top