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15 Canning Tips for Complete Beginners

If you're trying your hand at canning for the first time this year, you're not alone. While it's not quite as tricky as creating a sourdough starter, there are some important things to keep in mind...

Canning, jamming and preserving 2021

by rstuart 5 months ago

I just pulled my canner out of the storage locker, and bought some rhubarb! It's that time again.. what are you putting up? I still have about 2 dozen jars left from 2020, but doubt that will stop ...

Ottolenghi Tomato Jam - Pectin

by maccrogenoff 23 days ago

Up until now, I’ve made jam without pectin. I want to make Ottolenghi’s yellow tomato jam recipe which calls for pectin . I bought Pomona brand pectin. This brand of pectin calls for calcium wa...

Canning in an oil bath instead of a pressure cooker?

by piano boy 11 years ago

I've looked around but haven't found an answer to this one so maybe someone on here can help. I do a fair bit of canning with fruits and what-not but wanted to get into more serious stuff like f...

Berkeley's Three Stone Hearth needs its Mason jars back

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley that prides itself on sustainable packaging for its food products has put out another call to try to get its Mason jars back and refund customer deposits. The nationa...

Pepper Jelly

by JeannieB50 5 months ago

All recipes for pepper jelly say pretty much the same thing. However, my jars of jelly are so liquid. Why isn't anyone else's? Should I dry out the finely chopped peppers before adding them to the...

Are Canning Jar Lids Scarce For 2021?

by MunchkinRedux 7 months ago

Even in non-pandemic years, I typically stock up on canning jar lids early spring, and well before they become scarce mid-summer. 2021 is starting to look like a repeat of 2020 however. None of t...

2/5, Noon, Interested in becoming a Master Food Preserver?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

"2021 MFP Volunteer Training - Information Meeting February 5, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Contact: ucmfp@ucanr.edu Sponsor: University of California Master Food Preserver Program Details: The fol...

Is my canning recipe safe?

by Katie17050 11 months ago

I just canned 24 jars of marinara sauce as Christmas gifts, but now I'm questioning my recipe. After reading more, I'm seeing that I should have added a little citric acid or bottled lemon juice to...

Dried Fruit in Canning?

by NonnieMuss 1 year ago

In the past few years I've made ATK's Balsamic Fig jam and it's just amazing. Then Trader Joe's stopped carrying their frozen figs, and they will be around $12/lb. here when they come into season....

Learn how to safely can fresh tuna! Thursday, Sept 17, 5:30- 6:30pm (University of Calif Master Food Preserver Program)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"The Master Food Preserver volunteers are once again offering home food preservation demonstrations...virtually for now! Tuna - Learn how to safely use a pressure canner to safely preserver...

The 'Perfect' Fig Preserves Recipe?

by cmsmith 1 year ago

I'm looking for a recipe for fresh fig preserves that has less sugar and probably less cooking time. I have not yet been successful in turning out a fresh tasting fig preserves. Does anyone have ...

Can I Make Marmalade from Juice Instead of Fruit?

by obillo 1 year ago

I want to make bitter-orange marmalade. The problem is the oranges: they're known in Spanish as "naranjas agrias" or "amargas," but I can't find them in any Manhattan markets. They originate in Ind...

organic cane sugar for canning?

by amyatkendall 11 years ago

Can I use organic cane sugar when I make fruit preserves in the same way I've used regular plain sugar in the past? I'm assuming I can - I suppose for generations people used cane sugar that was...

Gopher Chow Chow?

by kenchaa 1 year ago

I have no idea why it was labeled as such, but as a child I had my Grandmothers "Gopher ChowChow". It was a pickled/canned sweet/sour vegetable mixture from the middle of Nebraska. Beans, onions, c...

What am I doing WRONG?

by Stephcat 1 year ago

In these crazy times I thought it would be a good idea to start canning meals. I have the time, why not. I have followed all the protocols. I have boiled the jars and rings. I got 75% pops. I ...

Does anyone add salt in their jams?

by N_Little 2 years ago

I'm looking to make a raspberry lemonade jam, focusing on the flavor of the lemons, but I'm afraid it will be too tart to be used as a convetional spread. I heard of and have tried salt on lemons b...

Pectin recommendations

by wvetrone 2 years ago

I would like to make some high quality jams. I want to buy the top of the line pectin but I am very new to this area. Does anyone have any recommendations? And/or vendors to buy it from?

BPA - canned fish

by borisabrams 2 years ago

Hi! I was wondering if anyone knew any stores/brands selling BPA-canned fish. I can only see Wild Planet, which seems to only be tuna. What i really want is sardines and salmon! Thanks!