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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We Heart Pinterest Day 4: Canning

Canning, Pinterest
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting our Canning board. This board is a great place to find canning recipes and tips. Canning is one of those things it's hard to remember all the instructions and directions, so having a place you can go back to reference is very helpful! To see the whole board, click here. PIN 1: This is something we saved because we HAVEN'T tried it yet, and really want to try it. Curious to see what that food is? Go to the…
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Book Review: Yes, You Can!

Book Reviews, Self Reliance
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here.   Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too by Daniel Gasteiger  Background: The "Yes, You Can!" book is like a Ball Canning Guide meets "The Pioneer Woman" meets "Our Best Bites". Thus it equals total heaven for me. Up to date recommendations on modern processing times and proper procedures like the Ball guides include, beautiful picture tutorials like I love from The Pioneer Woman, and helpful tips along the way like Our Best Bites provides with so many of their recipes. Whether you are an expert at canning and other home preservation techniques, or a beginner who is a little intimidated to…
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How-To Video: Canning Applesauce

Canning, Videos
Halloween is almost upon us, thus canning season is about to move over to make room for BAKING season :) I was scrambling to finish up a batch of applesauce before I left on a vacation last week. I wanted to do a little video tutorial to add to the step-by-step photo instructions I put together a few years ago. Hopefully it is helpful for you if you are new to canning! How to Can Applesauce Tattler Reusable Canning Lids In the video I mentioned using reusable canning lids. I gave a more in depth review of the lids a few weeks ago in my post about canning peaches. They are awesome and I can't wait to get more. Yay!
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Julie’s Garden Update

Julie’s Garden Update

Gardening, Gardening, Julie's Progress
So Jodi gave her garden update on Monday, and today it's my turn. For those of you who have followed you know this year was my first year gardening. I still don't have a yard that I can garden in (it's small and shaded - always) so this year I borrowed some of my mom's garden area. There were some advantages to this. She is a master gardener so she could teach me stuff, she tended to it while I was out of town, and she felt bad for me if some of my stuff didn't come up right and gave me some of hers. The drawbacks of doing this was that I couldn't just go to my backyard to pick lettuce for dinner, or see the growth each day.…
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Gardening Updates as Fall Approaches

Gardening Updates as Fall Approaches

Gardening, Gardening, Self Reliance
School starts in a week around these parts. How is summer over already??? We figured it's been a while since we did our garden updates (although we've posted little updates on Facebook here and there) so here is a little summary of how things are going for us this year. This year has been an interesting year for my garden. I got a late start on some things but they are finally catching up and I'm excited to START harvesting soon. We've been having pretty mild falls here lately so I'm hoping to still get a few months of good tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. Most of my spring plantings got eaten by my chickens so I've had to adjust a few things to avoid that problem in the future.…
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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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Blasts from the Past: Learning the Lost Arts of Self Reliance

Dehydrating, Events, Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening, Jodi's Progress, Sprouting
If you have been following along with our Extreme Food Storage Makeover you will have already been introduced to my mom, Grandma Lori. I remember growing up we used to eat homemade strawberry jam and bottled peaches and my mom would make alfalfa sprouts on the kitchen counter. As I got older my mom kind of stopped doing those things and when I got married I was so busy I didn't give it a second thought. When we started our blog people started to ask us about some of the "food storage swear words" like gardening, canning, dehydrating, and sprouting and we realized we knew nothing about them. I asked my mom why she never taught me how to can and she said "When you can buy canned tomatoes at…
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Day 9: Food Storage Christmas (fruits and veggies)

Christmas Gifts, Dehydrating, Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening
While not critical for sustaining life, fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any food storage program for the health benefits, variety, and to help you save money on your day to day grocery shopping. Include the Day 9 Tags to complete today's gift ideas: Options that are Free or Under $1 Gardening Seeds Gardening is a great way to become more self reliant. Try giving a few packs of gardening seeds to help motivate people to get going on gardening. If you know the person doesn't have a lot of space, pick herbs, or things you can grow on kitchen counters. An Option that is $5-$30 Canning Supplies A fun way to start using foods you garden, or buy in season for great prices is by canning them.…
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