Pickling Chili Peppers

Pickling Chili Peppers

Chile peppers are usually preserved in salt and vinegar. Adding sugar or honey produces a more mellow tasting pickle. Adding spices gives additional flavour. Salt: Used to extract moisture from some vegetables, which would otherwise dilute the vinegar and cause the pickle to ferment, and the vegetables to toughen. Use cooking salt rather than table […]

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Water Bath Canner

McSunley 620 Water Bath Canner

Water bath canning is a safe and economical way to preserve the highest quality food in the comfort of your home. Using produce from either your family farms harvest or your local farmer’s market, many generations have used this method to supply healthy meals to their families. With the McSunley 21.5Qt Water Bath Canner – […]

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Home Canning Guides

This series from the US Department of Agriculture is one of the best series of articles on home canning. These “pdf” files require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.Many of our articles are presented here courtesy of the Utah State University Extension and the University of Florida Extension. USDA Home Canning Table of Contents Principles of […]

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Freezing & Canning Apples to Preserve

Freezing & Canning Apples to Preserve

Enzymes in light colored fruits such as apples, pears and peaches can cause oxidative browning as soon as the fruit is peeled or cut. Browning can cause loss of vitamin C. Because fruits are usually served raw they are not usually blanched to prevent this discoloration. Instead, chemical compounds are used to control enzymes in […]

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Dehydrated Fruit

Dehydration Of Food

Dehydration of Food is one of the oldest methods of preserving food for later use. It can either be an alternative to canning and freezing or a compliment to these methods. With modern food dehydrators, drying food is simple, safe and easy to learn. Dried food is great in traditional cooking recipes and can save […]

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Canning Techniques

Home Canning Techniques

Preserving the harvest from your garden or orchard is a time-honored tradition that we are happy to promote with our many free canning technique and other food preservation articles. The following sub-directories present articles on home canning techniques, food dehydration, pickling, freezing, jam making & more. In our fast-paced, fast food society, the skills & […]

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Pickling Lime [Calcium Hydroxide]

Calcium hydroxide (traditionally called slaked lime) is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula Ca(OH)2. It is a colorless crystal or white powder and is obtained when calcium oxide (called lime or quicklime) is mixed, or slaked with water. It has many names including hydrated lime, caustic lime, builders’ lime, slack lime, cal, or pickling […]

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Home Canning - Jars and Lids

Home Canning – Jars and Lids

Food may be canned in glass jars or metal containers. Metal containers can be used only once. They require special sealing equipment and are much more costly than jars. Regular and wide-mouth Mason-type, threaded, home-canning jars with self-sealing lids are the best choice. They are available in 1/2 pint, pint, 1-1/2 pint, quart, and 1/2 […]

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Harsch Sauerkraut Crocks

Sauerkraut Fermentation Crocks

Fermenting Crock Pots are also known as sauerkraut crocks. These beautifully crafted stoneware fermenting crock pots from Germany produce sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables very simply. Their use of ceramic weight stones eliminates mold while their clever water sealing system allows fermentation gasses to escape without allowing air to enter the crock pot. Simple instructions […]

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Home Canning Kit

Norpro Home Canning Kit

This home canning kit contains all the essential canning tools in one simple kit. A must have for the canning enthusiast and begginer alike! Six essential tools for canning and dehydrating. Conveniently all in one box! Capture summer fruit and vegetables at their prime for enjoyment throughout the year by canning at home. Includes: * […]

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Ball Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars

Ball Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars

Ball® Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars by Jarden Home Brands. Lids and rings feature a new brushed silver finish. Ball® provides a complete selection of home canning supplies for food preservation, crafts, and more. Case of 12 jelly jars 4-oz. size With lids and rings; new brushed silver finish Important mason jar shipping notes: Occasionally a […]

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Ball Mason Canning Jars

Ball Mason Canning Jars

With more styles of canning jars than any other brand, Ball® home canning mason jars fulfill every canner’s needs. Cases include one dozen mason jars, bands and Dome® lids (except for half-gallon canning jars which are sold in a case of 6). Sold in cases only. Ball® provides a complete selection of home canning supplies […]

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Back to Basics - steam canner

Back to Basics Steam Canner

The Steam Canner is a revolutionary canner that saves time, energy and water and is so simple and easy to use that you will enjoy home canning for the first time! The steam canner uses only 3 pints of water and cuts preheating time by up to 50%. Eliminates heavy lifting, boil overs and messy […]

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