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 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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12 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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13 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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14 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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15 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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16 Rebecca Howard January 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm

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17 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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18 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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19 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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20 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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