Category: Canning

fresh squeezed lime juice in canning jars

Canning Foods: Is It Worth The Time And Effort?

Just as good things come to those who wait, things that take time and effort may also be worthwhile. Canning is no different; the process may take time and effort in the beginning, but once you get the hang of it, it is so well worth the time and effort put forth. In time you will become more efficient. I know I have. Here are some things to consider.

How To Make Cajeta From Goat Milk

How To Make Cajeta From Goat Milk

For those of us who have goats – and an abundance of goat milk – making and canning Cajeta is a great way to use some of that excess goat milk. When I made my first batch of Cajeta I wondered if canning it would cause it to obtain that nasty goaty taste you get from store bought goat milk products. The recipe made way too much to eat before it went bad so I decided what did I have to lose? If the Cajeta took on that nasty goaty taste I would feed it to the chickens – if not, I would have a wonderful caramel dip to eat with fresh apples. I love caramel but find it difficult to buy organic caramel locally.

So, I made my first batch and canned the excess. It took over a year before I ate up all the Cajeta that I canned – and guess what? No goaty taste! When I opened my last jar several months ago I was sad. The goats were not in milk yet and so I knew that was the last of the Cajeta for a while. Once they came into milk it seemed there was always something taking up my time and I was not able – until today – to spend the afternoon making a new batch of Cajeta. I made it a little lighter in color this time around and slightly softer than before but it still tastes good and it will be easier to get out of the canning jars.

jar for homemade dry spice mixtures

Favorite New Food Preservation Products

I love looking in the canning, dehydrating, food saver section of the stores – especially during the canning season. With the recent increase in canning these past few years, numerous companies have introduced new products. Some are useful and others, well – they don’t live up to my expectations. For example, the jar tightener I bought last year that is used to tighten canning lids before you seal them. I found it was really hard to know just how tight the lid actually was and found I preferred tightening the lids by hand. I have not used it to loosen lids, but it might be useful for that.

edible rose recipes

Rose Petal Jelly

Rose Petal Jelly Recipe

turning pie cherries into five spice cherries for desserts

Five Spice Cherries

Cherry season is here and after making two cherry pies, I really needed a different way to use up my pie cherries. I didn’t feel I was getting enough of a harvest to can since I was getting between a pint and a half and two pints of pitted cherries every three days. This was the first “big” harvest from my tree – and I hope next year I will get enough cherries to preserve some for winter use, but for this year, those fresh tart cherries sure did go a long way and taste good!

Here is my recipe for five spice cherries. I used mine – this year – to make ice cream.

Raspberry-Chocolate Sundae Topper with snowflake and sprinkle candy on ice cream

Raspberry-Chocolate Sundae Topper

The holidays are here – and while this is something you might can when raspberries are on the vine, there is no reason why you couldn’t use frozen raspberries or even store-bought raspberries to make this recipe.

Simply preserve the extra by canning it and you will have a delightful dessert topper you can pull from your pantry whenever guests arrive. Keep in mind that this particular recipe is more than just a sundae topper – it is an ideal topping for fruit, cheesecake and other desserts. Use your imagination and you will find numerous uses for this delicious recipe. When making this recipe, keep in mind that canning anything that contains chocolate is tricky because you need to make sure the pH is right or the food will spoil. Chocolate is naturally low in acidity, so by combining a high-acid fruit with the chocolate, you alter the pH and thus make it safe to can. Here is the recipe – and the canning instructions.

canning Orange-Cranberry Vinegar for gift giving

Orange-Cranberry Vinegar And Marinade

Two of the main fruits one thinks of around the holidays are oranges and cranberries. These flavors – alone or combined – seem to compliment other foods that are generally on the holiday menu. Combined – the taste of oranges and cranberries – is a perfect marinade for turkey and chicken.

This vinegar is easy to make ahead of time – and I suggest you do – so the various ingredients that make up the vinegar have plenty of time to combine and mellow. Not only does this orange-cranberry vinegar offer the perfect way to spice up your holiday meats, but it makes an excellent gift that is pretty and practical. Keeping a variety of flavored vinegars on hand – along with squares of colorful fabric and ribbons – is an ideal way to make sure you have a gift for that unexpected guest that is sure to arrive over the holiday season.

Here is the recipe for the Orange-Cranberry Vinegar. Canning instructions are included. The marinade recipe follows this one.

Canning Blueberries And Broccoli

Canning Blueberries And Broccoli

Learn how to can both blueberries and broccoli in your own kitchen. Home canning is a great way to preserve fresh foods that you or someone you know grew.

jars of home canned food

Canning At Home

There’s a lot of talk today about the safety of canning food at home – something I am sure our ancestors did not fret over. Why? Because the art of canning was handed down from generation to generation making it possible for one to understand the art of canning on a much higher level than what many do today.

There’s a lot of talk today about the safety of canning food at home – something I am sure our ancestors did not fret over. Why? Because the art of canning was handed down from generation to generation making it possible for one to understand the art of canning on a much higher level than what many do today.
Cleanliness is one of the most important aspects when it comes to food safety. Anyone who has ever taken a home economics class can tell you that. In addition to clean pans, clean lids, clean caps and clean jars, the food must be cleaned too. Pesticides and other chemicals cling to the skins of fruits and vegetables. These must be washed off for safety’s sake. In addition to making sure all of your utensils are clean, the caps, lids and jars need to be sterilized. Do not skip over this step, even if you wash everything in a dishwasher. It only takes a second to dip the caps, lids and jars into the boiling water to sterilize them – and best of all, it means you do not need to heat the jars up because the sterilization process gives you “hot jars” to put “hot food” into.

getting ready to juice limes with my kitchen-aid attachment

Fruit Juice Concentrate

It is possible to make a variety of juice concentrates at home. This is ideal for people who have a bumper crop of fresh fruit and are looking for a new way to use it or for those who drink a lot of fruit juice throughout the year.