Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Video: Canning Stuff 2

Girls just had to take a break, to enjoy the muffins fresh out of the oven! But now we get back to the overview of old-fashioned and new fangled home "water bath" canning equipment.

It was great to hear in the mean time that Heather has just started "canning on Sundays" with her college age daughter, to remind her of how they did things when her daughter was younger. Looking forward to hearing about some of their recipes! (Hint, hint!)

Without the "advantage" of a local supermarket, our ancestors ate simple meals using the foods they were able to "winter over" in a garden (carrots, potatoes), preserve in a "root cellar" potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, cabbage, etc.

They also dried things like apricots and peaches.

Preserving fruits in jams and jellies was another way to preserve the bounty of the harvest to enjoy on a long dark day in the dead of winter. Here's Part two of our canning video. Thanks to my daughter, Carrie Keele, of Not Your Mother's Genealogy for the videography.

Here are some of the implements described in these two videos:

Granite Ware 0707-1 21-1/2-Quart Steel/Porcelain Water-Bath Canner with Rack

Order from:

Set includes:

  • Jar Funnel: Place in mouth of jar to fill without spilling
  • Jar Lifter: Safely lift jars out of hot water with the blue gripping end
  • Lid Lifter: Lift lids out of hot water with the magnetic end
  • Bubble Remover & Headspace Tool: Slide into the side of filled jar to release air bubbles and measure headspace

  • Order from:
    This is the latest edition of the Ball Blue Book: Guide for Preserving.

    Here's the link to a special "Canning Store" at Some of the items may be cheaper here than at the Ball Canning Company website options listed above.

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    1. Juat finished canning hot banana peppers stuffed with kraut, a receipe from my daughters godmother.