Daily Archives: August 18, 2012
The time is finally upon us. Time to break out your pressure canner and make good wholesome magic for your family. One of the best things about this ritual is that all winter long you will to enjoy the fresh tastes of summer. Your dishes will pop believe me. A fun addition to feeling like your grandparents is a lower carbon footprint. With all the draught and heat we have had this season you know getting food to your table will cost more. Now more than ever is a wonderful time to take advantage of any local resources you may have in the way of tasty harvest.
Canning isn’t rocket science its really quite easy. However it will require you to have a great deal of patience if nothing else. Oh yeah a mind for paying attention to detail works to ones advantage while preserving food. I can recall not long ago when finding supplies for this lost art was a chore. Now it seems we are seeing more and more of these reappear in hardware and grocery stores. It could arguably be one of the more positive things about losing annual household income. In recent years as the economy tightens so have of our minds keen on getting the most for our family on what we can afford. Canning done right can be an investment in your winter season. I still marvel in the simplicity in pressure canning and how it takes no preservatives what so ever to preserve natures’ perfection
Here is what you will want to do. Sterilize 14-16 quart ball jars. In a separate pot boil water and drop in the lids. I canned corn this time which requires a pressure of 11 at 55 minutes. This applies to those at 2000 feet or lower. You will need to invest in a pressuer canner as hot water bath will only work on fruit and tomatoes. I have been using the same Presto one I bought at our local Hardware store. For the 90 bucks it pays off for sure.
Shuck, Blanch, and then cut corn off cob into a bowl. Then ladle in corn leaving a solid 1-2 inches. Then pour water from the blanching into the jar a cup plus is good here. Be sure to use a knife or something to run the air bubbles out and ensure you have enough water in the jar. Be sure you have covered the goods with water. Not doing so will result in a real bummer come February trust me. No one likes corn the color and taste of dirt. When you tighten the bands on the lids go easy and let the pressure canner do it’s thing. So just a quick snug no need to be He-Man here.
Once you’ve hit you’re the 11 P.S.I. start to back the heat down. After about 45 minutes turn off the heat and watch the pressure drop when the tab drops be careful and lift lid AWAY from you. You need canning tongs (in Pic with cans)to remove jars so be sure to acquire these prior to attempting this. Let sit on a towel over night, they are done. I love the sound of the jars sealing Tknock! Times 7 so sweet a sound!
Next up Tomatoes! Hope you enjoyed the photos from our local farm. Buy local, save farms, eat well and as always Have Fun!