How to Can Peach Jam

Canning, Canning
I have lots of memories of canning as a child, some good and some not so good. I loved sitting by my mom and chatting all day while we worked. I loved eating delicious canned peaches and homemade jelly. I didn't love carrying the jars down the basement steps and having my brother trip me causing me to fall and break jars and cut myself on the glass (yes that's the brother that Julie married, he's much nicer now). As an adult I have found that it really doesn't save a lot of money to can things yourself, especially when you factor in the time spent. However, I do enjoy learning the process, practicing self reliance skills, and being able to control exactly what you put in the jars. Of…
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Product Review: Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

Canning, Canning
This year I did my canning almost exclusively with Tattler Reusable Canning Lids. They have recently put out some new instructions that I wanted to try, and I have used them enough times now that I felt like I could give an accurate review on them. So here are some of my experiences this year: How they work The Tattler lids come with a plastic "lid" and a rubber gasket. You place the gasket on the jar and then put the lid on top. Finally, you secure it with a regular jar ring. The gasket acts in a similar manner to a regular canning lid. When the jar is finished processing it will suck the lid down and make an indentation in the gasket just like it does to a…
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Canning 101: Everything You Need to Know to GET STARTED

Canning
The other night we asked this question on our Facebook page: What would be the ONE topic you would want to learn more about? You can only pick ONE, no cheating. Overwhelmingly the response was that everyone wanted to learn more about CANNING. We've posted about different canning projects over the years but have never done a comprehensive "How-To" for you so today we're going to give you a run down on everything you need to know to get started. Get a GOOD Canning Guide Ball has put out several canning books that I think are very helpful. Our favorite go-to manual is the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. If there is anything you are thinking of canning, there should be instructions in there for you. Make sure to…
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How to Can Peaches – Video Tutorial

How to Can Peaches – Video Tutorial

Canning, Canning, Fruits and Vegetables, Self Reliance
2 bushels of peaches, approximately 56 jars of peaches (8 batches) How to Can Peaches Last year I did a little photo/text tutorial on canning peaches. I know some people prefer to see tutorials in video format so this year when my husband and I were canning two bushels of peaches we decided to document the process on tape for you all. Enjoy! Tattler Reusable Canning Lids As mentioned in the video, I was experimenting with reusable canning lids for the first time. I removed the lid off of one jar and reused it in a later batch and it sealed just fine! Overall I was very happy with the results. I think it will take a little getting used to it is a little bit different than traditional lids…
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Is It Your Canning Season Yet? Start Planning!

Canning, Canning, Fruits and Vegetables
It's so fun having blog readers all over the country and even the world. We get to hear about what people are doing in their gardens and what fruits are coming in their area, and everyone's situation is so different. We know a lot of you will have canning season coming up shortly, so start planning now so you can be ready if you see something come on sale! There was a time where neither of us thought that we had the time, energy, knowledge, or desire to learn how to can. I finally broke down and begged my mom to give me instructions on how to make her strawberry jam when she moved out of state from me for two years and I couldn't steal from her supply. When…
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