Canning for the First Time
From Facebook on Wednesday: “One burnt finger, 13 lbs of tomatoes, a set of broken tongs, a ridiculous amount of creepy hard water film on the outside of the jars and two incredibly grumpy kids who didn’t want to nap later: my first official adventure in canning is complete. The jury is still out on whether or not it was worth almost 3 hours to can 6 pints of crushed tomatoes…I guess we’ll see in the middle of winter?”
If you run into the same problem, vinegar in the water bath was a miracle (thank you, Google!) It was a serious process, more so even than I expected. The next time I’d plan to can a lot more quantity in the time I’m using anyway – might as well get more than 6 pints out of all of the work!
If you want to try canning, Food in Jars is seriously amazing. I also totally fell for all of the beautiful Agrarian-themed products at Williams-Sonoma this spring/summer (they had me at Weck jars and I went completely off the deep end in love with the chicken coops.) Don’t worry, I didn’t buy any. But a girl can dream and look at beautiful photos, can’t she?? All of this to say: I really like the W-S Canning Step By Step and Guide to Preserving. I don’t know what it was about it, but the format worked for me with just enough info to help without complete overload on my first attempt at canning.
(By the way – I think it’s obvious without me saying, but I’ll say it anyway: I am very much not compensated by Williams-Sonoma at all, though I wouldn’t turn it down;), even though re-reading this feels like a big old ad. I swear it isn’t! It would have been much more well-styled if it had been!)
More resources on my list:
- Food in Jars (the book)
- The Ball Blue Book
- The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
- Homemade Living: Canning and Preserving with Ashley English
- Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects
- Tart and Sweet: 101 Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen
- Put ’em Up!
- Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry
If you can, preserve, anything of the sort – what are your favorite recipes and resources? Please share in the comments, I’d love to know and add more links to my Pinterest Preserving page!