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Offline s2srea

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« on: August 29, 2011, 02:32:40 PM »
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  • I was curious if anyone one here is into canning. I'm really interested. My dad has about 6 fig trees and they produce so many tastie figs. I brought some to church Sunday and everyone loved them! I've been interested in canning and found this website HERE with some info on canning figs. It has a LOT of great info!

    Curious if anyone is into canning other fruits/vegetables/cheeses etc.

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    « Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 08:00:29 PM »
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  • you can can cheese?


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    « Reply #2 on: August 29, 2011, 08:04:48 PM »
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  • Apparently so. I was on a canning forum where someone mentioned it! Interesting huh?

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    « Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 08:50:39 PM »
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  • s2srea,
      Have you thought of drying them?  Dried foods take up less room, you don't have to have them in glass jars so you don't have to worry about breakage and dried figs are delicious.  It's also very easy to do if you have a food dryer.

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    « Reply #4 on: August 29, 2011, 11:33:22 PM »
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    Apparently so. I was on a canning forum where someone mentioned it! Interesting huh?


    it cant taste too good i would think.


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    « Reply #5 on: August 30, 2011, 05:27:50 AM »
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    you can can cheese?


    Yes you can and I have successfully.  If anyone wants to know how I'll tell
    them and point them to my source in a pm.  It it not approved by the FDA.
    Because I don't wish to be sued if things go awry, I don't wish to post
    the information to a public forum.

    I've also successfully canned farm fresh milk.
       

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    « Reply #6 on: August 30, 2011, 05:46:19 AM »
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    Curious if anyone is into canning other fruits/vegetables/cheeses etc.


    I have canned for over thirty years, any questions feel free to ask.

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    « Reply #7 on: August 30, 2011, 08:08:51 AM »
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    s2srea,
      Have you thought of drying them?  Dried foods take up less room, you don't have to have them in glass jars so you don't have to worry about breakage and dried figs are delicious.  It's also very easy to do if you have a food dryer.


    OPM- yes, I have thought about it, but not recently. Its a wonderful idea. I have dried beef (jerky) in the oven, with some success... well my mother-in-law loved it lol but she's just extra nice and easily pleased.

    I think i'll look into a food dryer as well   :wink: Do you use a food dryer?


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    « Reply #8 on: August 30, 2011, 08:12:03 AM »
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    Curious if anyone is into canning other fruits/vegetables/cheeses etc.


    I have canned for over thirty years, any questions feel free to ask.


    Where do you get your jars and canning equipment? Do you prefer buying online, or at a local store? I heard Wal-Mart was inexpensive.

    Also, when canning, is sugar 'always' used? It seems like so many fruits require a syrup during the process. I'm curious if there's a way to preserve in this method, which doesn't require so much syrup, or if you have any suggestions.

    I was planning on taking my eldest (3 years old) to a 'U-Pick' farm this weekend. Fortunately, where I live, there are a lot of apple, strawberry, and other-berry farms/orchards locally! I saw online you could go and pick your own fruit, and I thought it would be a great family outing. There is a family from church who I'm hoping will bring their son as well!  :cowboy:

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    « Reply #9 on: August 30, 2011, 10:12:22 AM »
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    Curious if anyone is into canning other fruits/vegetables/cheeses etc.


    I have canned for over thirty years, any questions feel free to ask.


    Where do you get your jars and canning equipment? Do you prefer buying online, or at a local store? I heard Wal-Mart was inexpensive.

    Also, when canning, is sugar 'always' used? It seems like so many fruits require a syrup during the process. I'm curious if there's a way to preserve in this method, which doesn't require so much syrup, or if you have any suggestions.

    I was planning on taking my eldest (3 years old) to a 'U-Pick' farm this weekend. Fortunately, where I live, there are a lot of apple, strawberry, and other-berry farms/orchards locally! I saw online you could go and pick your own fruit, and I thought it would be a great family outing. There is a family from church who I'm hoping will bring their son as well!  :cowboy:


    1. Jars: First ask around and see if anyone has some they don't want.  Sometimes you may come across someone older who no longer cans.  When it comes to jars, free is always the best price!
    The cheapest place I've found for jars is Big Lot/Odd Lot.  I have had luck at
    Amish hardware stores and Amish bulk food stores as well.  I find it cheaper to buy lids in bulk at the Amish stores.  

    When you're ready, Walmart will be the cheapest place to buy a pressure
    canner.  Don't be afraid to pressure can, it's not hard.  The hardest part I find is to align the darn lid with the pot.

    Unless you can find free shipping, canning supplies will be more costly buying online.

    2.  Sugar:  If you're talking about jellies and jams, yes, yes, yes!  Without it, your jam won't gel.  You can purchase a product called Sure-Jell in a reduced sugar amount.

    3.  Pick your own:  Usually it is cheaper to pyo.  I've found around here when it comes to cherries, it's about the same price picking it yourself or buying it already picked at the orchard.  Do call your local berry farm before going to make sure what you want is ready and to check to see if they allow children in the fields.  Some places have learned the hard way how much damage little ones can do to berry bushes. Also, some berry bushes (raspberries) have nasty thorns, not good for little ones.

    Seems to me, you're starting off just right.  Jellies, jams, and high acid foods are they way you want to start, all are water bathed and this process is easier then presser canning.  Just start off slowly and next thing you know, you won't even have to get the canning bible off the shelf, The Ball Blue Book (it's a must have), it costs seven to nine dollars.    


    I do believe it was Ora pro me mentioned canning; another great way to preserve summer's bounty.  Dried fruit minus sugar is a wonderful snack for wee folk.

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    « Reply #10 on: August 30, 2011, 05:15:59 PM »
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    s2srea,
      Have you thought of drying them?  Dried foods take up less room, you don't have to have them in glass jars so you don't have to worry about breakage and dried figs are delicious.  It's also very easy to do if you have a food dryer.


    OPM- yes, I have thought about it, but not recently. Its a wonderful idea. I have dried beef (jerky) in the oven, with some success... well my mother-in-law loved it lol but she's just extra nice and easily pleased.

    I think i'll look into a food dryer as well   :wink: Do you use a food dryer?


    Yes, we've dried fruit and vegies in our food dryer.  We had a dryer for many years that we got back in the 70s but finally bought a new one when we found out that the new ones dry food in a fraction of the time and don't use so much electricity.  Our old dryer would also heat up the kitchen which is great in the winter but not in the summer when we were doing most drying and it'd take all night to dry most fruits.  Our new food dryer is made by Nesco.  


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    « Reply #11 on: August 30, 2011, 05:20:00 PM »
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    I do believe it was Ora pro me mentioned canning; another great way to preserve summer's bounty.  Dried fruit minus sugar is a wonderful snack for wee folk.


    Duh, Ora pro me mentioned food drying, not canning :fryingpan:.  Let this be a lesson to other members, no posting before coffee.

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    « Reply #12 on: August 30, 2011, 05:22:21 PM »
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    Our new food dryer is made by Nesco.  


    I love my Nesco! I now have 12 trays for it.

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    « Reply #13 on: September 02, 2011, 07:09:01 PM »
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    Curious if anyone is into canning other fruits/vegetables/cheeses etc.


    I have canned for over thirty years, any questions feel free to ask.


    That is seriously impressive.

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    « Reply #14 on: September 10, 2011, 12:49:33 AM »
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    Curious if anyone is into canning other fruits/vegetables/cheeses etc.


    I have canned for over thirty years, any questions feel free to ask.



    Hello Cheryl been canning for 7yrs now sometimes when Im tired or lazy I simply put hot jam or fruit into hot jars with softened lids without putting them into a canner. The lids seem to seal the odd one not. I also use my lids at least 3 times for fruit and once for meat. What do u think?


     

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