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Christine Ferber jam question

geminigirl May 30, 2010 08:01 AM

I just went to the library and checked out her Jams and Jellies cookbook at many of your suggestions. Just started reading and I really like it so far. I just picked local strawberries and about to try one of her jams. My only question, I am used to a water bath for canning, but she doesn't use this method, just sterilizes the jars and turns them upside down. I am inclined to give them a 10-15 minute water bath for safety sake, but wondering for those of you who have used the book have found the "upside down" method. Thanks

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  1. momskitchen Jun 16, 2010 05:49 PM

    That's called "Open kettle canning" and it isn't safe, per the USDA, I think later editions of that book suggest boiling water bath canning. It's not a great book for process, just inspiration. I much prefer Linda Ziedrich's Jams, Jellies and Other Sweet Preserves as far as techniques go. Happy canning!

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    1. re: momskitchen
      geminigirl Jun 18, 2010 09:58 AM

      Thanks, I did stick with the water bath...one batch seemed to turn out well, the other quite runny, not sure what the problem was, I did get it up to temperature as indicated but maybe too quickly is what i'm thinking...it will probably get turned into jello or go over pancakes this winter...anyway, I just checked my library for the one you mentioned and they don't carry it, just her pickling book, have you used that one? I will keep an eye out for the jam book, thanks for the recomendation though.

      1. re: geminigirl
        momskitchen Jul 5, 2010 03:16 AM

        Yes, her pickling book is awesome, too!

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