Canning and Preserving

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1 Amy Irish July 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I saw some good recipes that I will have to try.

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2 Shari Sargent August 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

I would like to can some spaghetti sauce. I have used the packets before but I would really like something w/ less sodium. Do you have a recipe that you use?

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3 Merissa August 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

I don’t have one but I know mom does, I will try and get her to post it!

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4 Laura April 3, 2014 at 5:05 am

Hi, I married into an Italian family. Yet have a MIL who gave me the wrong recipe lol I came up with my own which my Italian husband loves. I take two quarts of tomatoes(my own canned) put them in my blender (my youngest hates chunky sauce) Then add in about 1 tbsp of Minced garlic, 1 tbsp of basil, oregano, 1 tsp of salt and about 2 tbsp of sugar. I also use about 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning. I add more of this or that to taste. Not a very exact recipe. Now I plan on canning my sauce next year the true flavor of the sauce comes from putting a couple of Italian Sausages in to cook into the sauce. Gives it a great flavor. Good Luck and enjoy :D

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5 BaschaW October 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Soon I am going to have to quit my job so I can go to school full time for my final year (For my Master’s Degree) My husband is worried about bills getting paid, I am worried about paying for food. We live on a small island in Alaska, so the only time I purchase in bulk is when the stores have something on a massive sale. (Like the time I purchased 15 lbs of cherries for the extremly cheap price of 20$, so you can see how expensive it is to live here) I want to start stocking the pantry and freezer with home made preserved foods, but the main problem is… I’ve always either cooked from fresh or frozen. When I pull something from a can, I pour it in a cup or on the plate and use it. See: Canned Corn, Canned Green Beans, Canned Peaches. Even Canned Broth I can figure out. :) Is there any way you can use examples of ways to use the things you are teaching us to make? I don’t think I will ever look in my pantry and say: oh, hey, Frozen Kale or Canned Oranges, perfect! I know just what to do with this! LOL!!!
All of that being said, I love your website, and I’m working at putting away freezer meals (for nights when I have school) and a few simple canned goods, thanks to you!
– BaschaW

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6 Merissa October 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Funny you should post this because we are actually currently working on a book that will do just what you are looking for! Keeping watching for it and it will also be posted on this page when it’s ready. :)

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7 Melissa February 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Is apple juice a canning possibility also? I love juice I didn’t even think about canning that. Do you keep it in the fridge or freezer and what is the shelf life on juices?

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8 Merissa February 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

You can can up most kinds of juice! I would recommend getting the book, Putting Food By to find out exact methods and times. The shelf life on most canned foods is at least 2-3 years and once it’s canned it does not need to be kept in a fridge or freezer.

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9 Val Strande September 10, 2013 at 6:19 am

I have a question. I canned some salsa last night but just realized this morning that I forgot the vinegar. Should I do them over or leave them?

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10 Merissa September 10, 2013 at 6:39 am

It should be fine as long as it was canned for the proper mount of time.

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11 Debbie Simmons October 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

NO…..it is NOT OK at all. You have to have a certain amount of acidity (vinegar or lemon or lime) juice when doing salsa. Please check into the Ball Blue Book or call your local extension office.

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12 Kelsey September 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I am new to canning, even though my mom did it all the time. Do you have a favorite canning cookbook for recipes?

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13 Merissa September 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I highly recommend the book, Putting Food By. It’s got just about everything in there that you might want to can :)

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14 debbie September 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

I have had Putting Foods By for many years thanks to my mom.Awesome book.

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15 Lydia December 1, 2013 at 6:44 am

Hi Merissa,
I just love this site. I feel so at home! Have just registered as an affiliate to promote your book.

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16 Sally December 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

I love this site, I have gotten so many ideas and recipes from here.

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17 Sherry Baker January 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Great site answers many questions I have had in the past about lots of interesting posts. Thanks for sharing.

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18 Rebecca Howard January 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Do you have a FB web site? I OWN YOU PICK ORGANIC ORCHARD NORTH OF TUCSON, AZ. WOULD LOVE TO LEARD MORE ABOUT YOURSIE.

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19 Merissa January 27, 2014 at 7:25 am

Yes! Here is a link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LittleHouseLiving

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20 Jen Miller March 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hello I was wondering if anyone had some good ideas or recipes for dehydrating fruit and jerky? I have never dehydrated anything before so any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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21 Merissa March 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I’m not sure I have much on here yet for dehydrating fruit but I do have this article for Dehydrating Vegetables and The Best Beef Jerky Recipe!

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22 Laura April 3, 2014 at 5:11 am

Hi Mine was a live and learn with jerky. I made up four different marinades with various spices. Worchestershire Sauce, brown sugar and some salt are staples of jerky. But you can do just about anything. I made up four mixtures marinated them and then let my family judge (I don’t eat jerky but love making it) They picked the recipe that had the spice mix I get at a farmers market and don’t know what is in it. So your best bet is small recipes of marinade and make a variety to see what you like best. I labeled them 1,2,3,4 and kept them seperate. Worked great and now my kids hate the store bought kind.

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23 Rose Portz April 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Thank You for your site. I live in an apartment with my husband. Even though I’ve done lots of canning in the past for the last several years I’ve been branching out with different veggies and fruits. This year it’s the sweet potato. My husband likes sweet potato pie along with candied sweet potatoes. I like them just baked with a little butter. We live on a limited budget and attend the local food pantries to help with our needs. I don’t like to waste so I find that canning helps me save money and allows me to put food up in the amount we need per meal. Thank You again for the help your site has given me.

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24 debbie September 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

I have made Faux Pinapple a couple days ago,& it is awesome you couldn’t tell from the real,— 4quarts zucchini–3 cups sugar —1 3/4 cup lemon juice—42 ozs pineapple juice chop in 1/2′ peices,simmer 20 mins,process 15 minutes boiling water bath,I put the zucchini in food processor & made more like crushed pinepple makes about 8 1/2 pints,I am not sure if I got it here or were but wanted to say it is sure worth making,I had a hard time finding pure pineapple juice,but finally found Doles 48 oz large cans & it is the real deal,enjoy

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25 Patti Hinders October 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm

I was wondering what the canning process is for canning the bbq sauce recipe you have on here is. Also how much does your recipe make? I would like to make about 12 half pints or so.

Thank you for your help. I really enjoy your blog.

Sincerely,
Patti

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26 Monica October 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

This is a wonderful website! I found it through Pintrest. I love the homey atmosphere it has, he recipes and pictures are great! It’s always great to see people living on the more simple side of life! i’ll be back o the site to check more out again! thanks for making this for everyone to see!
Monica Bryan, Ontario Canada

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27 Merissa October 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Welcome to our little community Monica!

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28 Constance March 29, 2015 at 11:12 am

I just found your website today. This is exactly how I want to live. I spent quite a bit of time last Summer with the Amish Community. They certainly are living a loving, christian, family life. I learned so much from spending time with some of the families. I purchased vegetables from them and asked canning questions. I am currently working on enlarging my own garden. I want to add a greenhouse. I’ve gone back to baking and cooking meals as much as possible. I also am cutting down on using electric appliances. Most of my baking tools are hand operated and have been purchased from garage/ estate sales. The older the better.

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29 Lori P. April 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Hello Merissa, I have just found your website today and this how we would like to live. You have created a very homey and safe place to come and visit. I would like to try my hand at some of your recipes. I am very new to the canning and preserving recipes and don’t know the first thing about how to do it or what I would need. My husband and I had just moved from the city to a small house on an acre of property and would like to start a small garden but we don’t know what we are doing. Lol Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with all of us. Take care and have a wonderful and blessed day.

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30 Jan May 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Been trying to find a recipe for Blueberries and how to freeze/can/make for pies, ect…cannot find anything!! Please help!! LOVE your cite here…have used the Cheeseburger Hamburger helper MANY times…kids LOVE it, and the seasoned salt, and many of your freezer methods for veggies…Thank you so much for being here for all of us!!

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31 Cheryl T. June 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

I have been wanting to learn how to can for a long time. I spoke to each of my grandmothers who canned a lot when they were younger. They told me they boil their lids and jars and then fill the jar with the jam and put the hot lid on to seal the jar and let sit. They do not use a pressure cooker or water bath. Is it okay to can the way they did it? Thanks!

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32 Merissa June 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

This type of canning was pretty common not very long ago (my grandma did it as well) but it’s no longer considered safe.

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