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Harvesting the Bounty Challenge - Water Bath Canning

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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Today's challenge is water bath canning.

Water bath canning is one of the best known ways to preserve produce. It typically involves a very large pot, jars, lids and rings with lots of water. It is recommended that only high acidic produce is canned by this method due to risk of botulism. Pickles, tomatoes and citrus are all great options to can using a water bath canner. 

This site gives you acidity levels of foods.

This recipe for Relish is preserved in a water bath canner.

Ingredients

  • 3.5 lbs cucumbers, finely diced
  • 2 cups green peppers, finely diced
  • 3.5 cups sweet onions, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2.5 cups carrots, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp pickling spice
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 2 tsp dill weed
  • 2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar

Combine the above in a large stock pot bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until carrots are soft.

Ladle into pint sized jars. Wipe rim of jars. Place clean, sterilized lid onto jar. Screw ring onto jar until finger tight (do not over tighten). Place into boiling water in canner, bring to a rolling boil again and process for 15 minutes. 

Do you have a water bath canner? What are some of your favorite foods to preserve with a water bath canner?

by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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conweis
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM
1 mom liked this

 I never had relish like that before.
But this would be great for spaghetti sauce. 

MybabyKisses
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM
I do not have a water bath canner. I wish I had someone to show me how to can though. I would love too.
TristanMitchael
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM
I don't have one but MiL does and she does a lot of canning for us.
hapababies
by Silver Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM
I have never canned, but this information is really useful to know.
tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM

My grandmother canned her stewed tomatoes this way!

Brieshon
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:53 AM

We do! This is the first year I've canned anything. I've done apple butter and a bunch of jams. This was the plum/blackberry jam, all fruit from our yard! :D And we've been using the no-sugar-needed pectin and only using a third to half the amount of sugar traditional recipes call for.
kcangel63
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM
I used to have one, but it was accidentally left behind in a move. :(

I canned a lot of prickly pear jelly.
Jenn8604
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:57 AM
I don't have one. Id like one tho.
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lovinmyboys...
by Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Yes. I make jam...usually raspberry rhubarb.
poeticsong725
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

dont have one so i dont know

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