Food Preserving – Angela’s Can-Can

 

Every year I garden and go to the Farmer’s Market looking for yummy things to dry, can and freeze for my family.  I am a bit of a squirel putting things away for the winter.  My goal every year is to can more than the year before and see how long we can go before I need to buy at the store each winter.  It’s a little game I like to play in my squirrly geekness.  I have such strong squirrel tendencies that I even went through the process to become certified as a Master Food Preserver.  Yeah, I have a deep love for my canners, baby!

I also love that some of my friends (you know who you are!) who have teased me about my canning obsesion in the past, are now calling to learn how it’s done.  Well, they may still be teasing, but now they can help chop too!  Having canning friends makes it so much more fun!  It’s interesting that the weird little hobby I have has now become a cool thing to do.  Yeah, I’m a total trend setter!  Heh-

As I go along with this food preserving series, I’ll be posting on the whole process of processing- the ins and outs of ‘putting up’.  I’ll post links to each  veggie, fruit or what have you as I go along.

In the meantime, you’ll want to read up on the different food preserving processes I use:  freezing, drying, fermenting, water bath canner, and pressure canner.  You want to become familar with the techniques and lingo so you are ready to go when your food is.  And, yes, we will talk about the dreaded B word (botulism) and acid levels, so we are on the same page and all canning safely.  Now, let’s have some fun!

 

The National Center for Food Preservation has a free, self-paced, online course for those wanting to learn more about home canning and preservation.

 

Freezing:

Caramelized Onions (pressure can or freeze)

Pesto

Pizza Sauce

Pumpkin Butter

Spinach

Zucchini, shredded

 

Drying:

Candied Lemon Peel

Fruit Rollups or Fruit Leather 

 

 

Fermenting:

Kimchi

 

Water Bath Canning:

CanningUSA has videos showing the canning process. Check it out!

Canning Basics – Steps to review before filling those jars

Pressure Canning & Water Bath Canning Quick Reference Chart for Fruits & Veggies

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Basic Tomato Sauce

Cinnamon Rhubarb Jam

Corn Relish

Cranberry Maple Honey Butter

Ketchup

Ketchup, fruit juice sweetened

Pear Butter

Pizza Sauce

 

Pressure Canning:

CanningUSA has videos showing the canning process. Check it out!

Canning Basics – Steps to review before filling those jars

Pressure Canning & Water Bath Canning Quick Reference Chart for Fruits & Veggies

Caramelized Onions (pressure can or freeze)

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Tiffany March 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

Look forward to learning new recipes and easier tricks. This is my second year canning and preserving food from our garden. Thank you for your excitement into this process!

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angelaskitchen March 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thanks for stopping by! I have a new canning series starting soon. Hope you enjoy it! Let me know if there is a special recipe you are looking for.

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