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Preserves and canning

balki Aug 1, 2008 06:37 PM

I want to put up some fruit perserves and maybe even so some veggies as well - I have no idea how to do this and need a canning mentor. I am on the East End of Long Island - anyone want to help? Would prefer to meet in person but would do a phone call as well. Please let me know!

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  1. corneygirl Aug 1, 2008 08:05 PM

    Canning is way easier than it seems at first. Get one of the Ball canning books (I found mine at the hardware store), read the general information, and then follow the recipe of your choice. Enjoy

    1. Vetter Aug 1, 2008 08:25 PM

      You might want to check out this site http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/

      Do you have a local master food preserver giving classes for a university extension office? I was too nervous to can on my own until I took a class like that. Now I make jams and marmalades with no problems at all, and I have a lot of fun with it. I only water bath can, though. Pressure canning takes a little more effort, and a pressure canner. You can water bath can if you can boil water, watch a timer, and wipe food off the lid of a jar. I started just using a big stock pot. I would invest in the basic equipment, though. It makes life MUCH easier.

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