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I'm a Canadian now residing in Sunny Arizona since 2002. Although I've been a city girl all of my life, I've always loved the country and the laid back life it offers. My love of the Outdoors, Animals,and Gardening comes from my mom Cecile, who loved her home in the country, but sadly passed away in 2005. I promised her I would grow a garden in her name, And I finally did, five years later. One of my best memories of her is how much she loved her garden. The glow on her face when she would show me something new, always creating a life with things she loved. She loved all animals. She taught me simplicity, to enjoy the small things, and see beauty in everything. Today I find myself doing the same things she did in her garden and in life. This blog was created to keep track of my projects and adventures. They may not all be successes, but my goal is to remain unintimidated by whatever engages my curiosity. I want to share this adventure with those who can appreciate the small things, the trial and errors, the simplicity in it all, but mostly,what my mom knew how to do best,just have FUN! *This blog is dedicated to her*

Jul 29, 2010

I'm Canning!

Ok, this is my first attempt at canning, and I think I'm going to like it :)
Once I get the hang of it I'm certain I will get more creative.

I am hoping to get plenty of veggies from my garden come late fall, so I can try all the good canning recipes I found online. I'm especially hoping to be able to enjoy my garden goodies for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, along with offering them as gifts.
I love gifts in a jar :)

There are two ways to can, one is the Pressure canning method, the other is the Water bath canning method.The difference between the two is Bacteria.

Certain foods have a high level of acid in them. Acid kills bacteria. Foods with lots of acid in them don't require much heat to successfully kill of all the bacteria found in them. These foods (usually fruits and tomatoes) are canned using the water bath canning method, because they don't need a lot of heat to get rid of all the bacteria. Boiling fruits for 10 or 20 minutes will usually take care of it all.
Low acid foods, such as meats, sea foods and vegetables should always be pressure canned because the pressure canner can reach higher levels of heat. It is the only way to safely preserve them from deadly toxins.

This weekend I will be making Jam. Now is the season to buy berries. I'm not certain what kind yet. I will let my creative juices flow and be spontaneous. Maybe I will make a multiple berry jam :)

Yes I CAN!

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