This is a new thing to can for me. Normally I don't buy alot of extra oranges but there was a 25 pound bag on sale from my co-op last month for only $10 so I figured I'd get them and figure out what to do with them. The problem with buying super fresh produce is that it tends to go bad fast so even though the hubby has been eating them. So I needed to figure out something new to do with them. I've recently been reading Putting Food By. It's got alot of ideas to can things that I didn't think about before so I looked up oranges. It said to can them just like any other fruit. So I made a batch of very light syrup today and got these canned up! What you need:
- Hot Water Canner
- Canning Supplies
For us, I used pint size jars. If you have a bigger family and go through alot of oranges in one sitting you may want to use quarts.
Also I use turbinado sugar to make my syrup. It has a slightly more brown sugar taste for the finished product but nothing major.
For a very light syrup, boil 5 1/2 c. water and 1 1/4 c. sugar. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Keep this warm until you are ready to pack your cans. Just one batch of this was enough for all 7 pints I did.
Make sure the oranges you are using are fresh. The hard or moldy ones are too difficult to peel. If you bought them from the store or anywhere they they might have been sprayed, make sure you wash them in produce wash first. I used no-spray oranges.
Peel the oranges with a citrus peeler. Try and get as much of the membrane off as you can. Then separate into slices.
Pack your jar with the slices tightly but leave about 1 inch of headspace.
Looking down into the jar. Not sure why I took this picture....
Once the jars have been packed with oranges, fill them until the oranges are covered with the light syrup we made earlier. Make sure you still leave about 1/2 inch headspace after the syrup is added.
Clean off the rim of the jar well before adding the lid. I wipe them once with a wet rag and then again with a dry one. You don't want any stick spots or water left on the rim of the jar or it won't seal properly.
Add the lids and then the rims. Make sure you screw the rims on tight!
Preheat the water before you add the jars. You want it just simmering. Add all the jars to the water. Make sure the water covers the tops of the jars. If it doesn't, add a little more.
Simmer/low boil these jars for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn off the stove and let the water cool down slowly before you take the jars out. Once you remove the jars, put them on a cutting board or another heat resistant surface. I use old flour sack rags to cover the counter so I can set them down and soak up the water that drips off.
Do not touch the jars until they have sealed. You will know this by the "pop" they make and the lid will have an indent in it instead of being puffed out. Leave the jars alone for several hours. If some of the jars didn't seal, either put them in the fridge and eat or you can replace the lid and try and re-bath them to get them to seal.
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Make sure you check out all the free Canning and Preserving Recipes we have on Little House Living! And don't forget to check out The Canner's Cookbook, it has recipes on how to use all your home canned goods!
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