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Was wondering if anyone here does canning?? Thinking of starting to do some, but not exactly sure yet. I've always thought it was hard, but was looking at the section in Walmart and what I seen didn't look so bad. I can but a quick starter kit for under $20. If you do can, what do you can? I seen pictures on Pinterest where it looks like stew that was canned. Looked interesting. I am going to try to dig my bread maker out of the laundry room when I clean and I have the booklet that tells me how to make jams/jellies. My son love summer veggies and wouldn't mind doing up squash or zucchini with some tomato sauce. He loves it when I saute up fresh yellow squash, zucchini, egg plant, onion, fresh garlic and tomatoes. A bit spicy but good none the less.
I grew up canning and can all the time. Sometimes small batches - sometimes large. I do both water bath and pressure canning. So far this year the kids and I have canned tomatoes, strawberry jam, blueberry conserve, creamed corn, corn chowder, peaches and kumquat marmalade. We'll also do mangos, mango chutney, and mango glaze (my friend has a mango tree), pickles, beans, applesauce, and apple butter.
I recommend the Ball Blue Book (it's a canning cookbook) to get you started. Water bath canning is the easier than pressure canning - and an easy way to start, since you can use a large stock pot. I watch yard sales and often pick up jars and sometimes even canners inexpensively.
And red pepper jelly! I love that stuff!
Thanks Bryssy. I had seen the water bath one and that is something I can handle. Don't have a pressure cooker (always was scared of those things..lol). I always thought it was either done in a pressure cooker or in a water bath in the oven. You are lucky to have a friend with a Mango tree. My hubby loves that fruit. Our son loves bread & butter pickles and hubby loves 3 bean salad. I try to get to the Farmers Market downtown on Saturdays to pick up fresh veggies. I got great intentions with them but they often go bad before I use them. Either I forget about them or I am hurting to much to do anything.
Been looking up on Pinterest and I love the canning pictures and stockpiles on there. Thinking it is probably cheaper and healthier to do my own stuff (to a limit of course). Going to make a list of stuff I would like to do myself and then a list of what I need to accomplish those ideas. Been jotting things down as I go.
Now I just got to dig out my bread maker to do my own breads. Only thing I hate about it is it has the kneading blade in it when it cooks so I get an inch or so at the end that has a hole in it. May check out some newer bread machines to see if they do it or not.