I learned what I expected. That I shouldn't get the easy, newer steam canners. They will probably be tested, and deemed safe to use now that I bought supplies for water bath processing.
Water Bath Processing! I didn't used to know what that meant! Since I fear pressure cookers (and air compressors) I opted for water bath supplies when I shopped today. One stop at Walmart and I got the basics. I couldn't find a rack to fit the only pot they had, but the teacher yesterday said we can use canning rings or even a small towel in the bottom of the pot.
Here is what I got...
|My Canning Supplies - November 4|
2) 12 quart jars with lids and rings
3) 12 half-pint jars with lids and rings
4) utensil set with a jar lifter, a bubble remover/headspace tool, a magnetic lid lifter, and a jar funnel
5) 12 extra lids (I have some jars and rings I have been saving from local jams I bought last year. I was going to return them when I bought new jam, but maybe I'll use them!)
6) Ball Blue Book, apparently the book to have, the Bible of preserving!
Isn't growing and canning your own food supposed to save money?
I also learned that it is "dangerous!" The class taught us so many safety rules canning sounds scary! Do it wrong and get food poisoning. Boil your canned goods 10 minutes before eating. Even if it is correctly canned you should do this. My grandmother used to overdo that, she boiled her green beans for so long they were grey and tasteless by the time she served them to us on our visits.
So, I'm ready. Nervous, but ready. Why the hurry? Those 40 pounds of apples are still on my carport! Did I mention them yet? 40 pounds (I think the box has quite a few more pounds in it than that) of Granny Smith apples for $20.00. Fresh picked off a home orchard near my house. I do love it here!
|Granny Smith Apples - after making a batch of apple sauce and one pie|
|Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe - after 4 hours, many more to go!|