Canning On a Whim

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Today’s adventures began with an unplanned trip to get produce and canning supplies so that I might figure out the art of canning that has been lost to time. I should have researched what I was doing before I decided to go spend money on supplies, but that just isn’t how I operate. Recruiting my niece and son to help out in the kitchen, (that was fun!) we decided to go with making apple butter first. I found a super easy recipe that requires a crock pot, apples, sugar and cinnamon. It cooks on high for 8 to 12 hours (depending on how many pounds of apples you use) Next, we begin divvying ingredients needed into mason jars to make dill pickles. That process was actually relatively simple. The kids began placing garlic cloves, dill seeds, and cucumbers sliced to suite in the mason jars followed by a salt brine. I then used hot bath canning to seal the containers. The most complex we attempted was stewed tomatoes… the process for canning tomatoes requires more patience and attention than the previous things I canned today. I am still not sure that I got those recipes down correctly and won’t know for sure until the tomatoes have had time to sit and cure in their jars for a while. (I will update when I finally get to taste them) All in all, the adventure was successful and I have found a passion for a lost art that I have wanted to learn for a very long time!

-Miranda

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