Wednesday, July 08, 2009

In a Pickle?

It's summer, so it must be time to can! Too bad it doesn't happen in the dead of winter when I want to heat up the kitchen, but you've gotta work with what you've got. And what I've got right now is a bunch of watermelon rind soaking in brine for pickles.

I just started canning last year and loved it, so this year I'm branching out planning to try all sorts of new things. Since our weather has been so crazy, a lot of the veggies and fruit that are normally ripening now are still running behind. I've done the two batches of Strawberry Jam, but that's it so far.

The reason I'm posting this though is because I've been asked a lot about canning since I started last year. I found this site and just had to share it! Wow. It's got tutorials, videos and all sorts of recipes and fun ideas. It's by the Ball/Kerr Company which has been around forever and seems to be the source for all things canning. I've loved their Ball Blue Book of Canning. It's where I got all my recipes from last year and I was happy with every one. (It's also only $5.95 at Walmart/Target stores this time of year.)

Snag some of these lids, too if you can. You don't process the food with them because they are just plastic, but they allow you to store all sorts of other things and foods in your jars and are easier than the two-piece lids. I use mine all the time.
Remember~If I can, anyone can. :)


Bonnie said...

I am lost without this during canning season!

Cynthia said...

Love the idea of the plastic lids! They would be great for use when it comes to storing dried herbs and teas since you really want to keep them away from metal (like the typical canning lids). I'll have to keep my eye out for these! Canning jars are so useful in so many ways aren't they? :)


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