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...

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What is the acid or pH level of hot peppers?

by Caralien 11 years ago

I'm (again) considering canning or somehow preserving the hot pepper bounty I have. It appears that low-acid foods are prone to botulism; peppers (ie jalapenos and habaneros) have more vitamin...

Preserving lemons - a question

by sarosenthall 2 years ago

I've got some jars of preserved lemons that I assembled. They have been sitting on my counter now, soaking in salty lemon juice for about three weeks. Assume they're now "ready" to give as gifts?...

Thai sweet preserved radish recipe

by frumgirl1 5 years ago

Can anyone help me out with a recipe for sweet preserved radish? I'd like this for making pad thai.

Help with onion jam - too much butter in finished product

by sa_sam 2 years ago

Need help with onion jam/marmalade that ends up with visible chunks of butter/oil in it once jarred and refrigerated. How do I get an onion jam/marmalade that looks like those in shops? I've made i...

salsa canning

by salsamaker 9 years ago

I need to gather info regarding canning salsa without cooking it first, only doing a warm water bath. 1st off i use mostly diced canned tomatoes but sometimes do add fresh tomatoes. Also i see a lo...

No water bath jam

by martak 9 years ago

Hello, I made my first batches of strawberry jam in the fall. I still have some jars left. The person who showed me what to do told me that filling the sterilized jars, sealing them, and turning...

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2017

by MmeFleiss 3 years ago

I just made my first batch for the year. My husband loves the pickled onions that he eats in London, so I decided to make him the batch from The River Cottage Preserves Handbook. I wanted to keep t...

Homemade "jam sugar"?

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by Father Kitchen 4 years ago

I have a friend who wants to make jam in small quantities. I found Sonia Allison's book "Quick and Easy One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave." The recipes are enticing, but many call for "Jam Sugar,"...

Smoking vegetables for preservation

by Aurum 2 years ago

I was considering smoking some hot peppers to make a homemade version of chipotles in adobo sauce, and I ended up on some articles online talking about the preservation aspect of smoking your own f...

Lots of Cilantro & Parsley !

by MadameC 3 years ago

Hi from France :) I nhave a few nice bunches of parsley and even more of Cilantro (coriander). Was trying think of a sauce/pesto that would keep for a week or so in the fridge to take advantage o...

Making jam with or without pectin?

by Lazar 11 years ago

quick question to the jam makers out there. Made strawberry jam with pectin (a brand other than Certo), however, my mother who is a jam junkie, told me to make the jam without the pectin. Her rea...

Jam too thick - can it be saved?

by BobB 9 years ago

I made jam for the first time recently (from fresh sour cherries) and I while I followed the ingredient proportions precisely, I must have cooked it too long because now that it's cooled it's too t...

Blanched Basil is Bland

by HouseofEscobar 3 years ago

I am trying to preserve a pound of basil via blanch and freeze. I didn't think I did the blanching too long, maybe 8 seconds. I also didn't do an ice bath, but instead, very cold water. The harves...

Preserving grated ginger?

by Fuffy 3 years ago

I often use small amounts of grated ginger and would like to make my daily cooking easier by grating a large batch to keep on hand. I seem to remember a friend used to preserve grated ginger in sh...

Help: Ripe Grapevine in my backyard

by jillytomato 3 years ago

We rented a home with a 30-ft grapevine in the backyard. Doing absolutely nothing, it is now FULL. The clusters have dark purple skins, very firm flesh, lots of seeds, and the smell/flavor is incre...

What to do with a boat load of peaches?

by ceponatia 3 years ago

Hi all, I have about 6 or 7 large peaches that my mother bought and she says they're too sweet for her to eat. She typically wastes enough food in a year to feed all of the homeless in and aroun...

What ingredient prolonges how long food/drinks stays fresh (preserving food)

by eliascreate 3 years ago

Hello! I was thinking "How can they store a 'smoothie' for months in grocery stores?" when I saw a smoothie in a store that you could buy. This is true for other drinks as well, like certain jui...

Bottling with clip top jars

by damiano 3 years ago

I have some Kilner clip top jars and am now making jam for the first time. I would like to keep the jam for at least 6 months unopened so I found out I need to vacuum the jars after I have put the ...

Pickling Vinegar 7%

by boratini 3 years ago

I have a new pickling book that has recipes requiring 7% acidity vinegar. I have been searching all sources here in the Northeast (Maine) and online with no luck. Does anyone know where I can order...