It’s that time of year. CANNING! I’ve been waiting for it since I put the seeds in my greenhouse.
Yesterday I canned some Pickled Beets. I was never a lover of beets in general. I canned them for my kids’ dad, since he loved them but I never had any. Fast forward 30 years later and I had an opportunity to plant and grow some. I decided I would try them again, asking my mom to prepare some and I loved them They were just boiled and buttered, but my they were good. Since then I’ve experimented with pickled beets. I didn’t like the seeds and spices in the bottom of the jars so I put mine in cheesecloth. I had a friend tell me that she liked using powdered spices. I canned a few that way and my way and did the taste test. I found I liked mine better. So now I know which ones I like I make that way all the time. In case I don’t label the jars, I slice beets for Pickled and chunk them for the one I boil and butter.
This is just the first batch. I haven’t made a dent yet. I grew beets for my mom, my youngest granddaughter and for a girlfriend who doesn’t have a garden space.
Today, I decided to make Plum Jelly. My mom saved me some wild Plum juice and today was the day to get ‘er done.
I got my recipe from the Certo package. The Ball canning book is slightly different. The recipe called for 8 cups of juice adding water if there wasn’t enough juice.
I sterelized my jars and had everything ready for the process.
While my jelly was boiling my lids were warming up. They don’t have to boil, just warm the rubber seal to soften it for canning.
I skimmed the foam off and started filling my jars, making sure to clean the rim before adding the lids and rings.
Into the canner.
The instructions say to process in a water bath canner for 5 minutes. I found this steam canner years ago and have gone through a couple of them. I will never go back to wath bath processing. This canner uses about 8 cups of water.
I can use it anytime the recipes call for water bath canning. I use the same time for water canning. This recipe called for 5 minutes. I had the water warming up in the canner while I was filling the jars.
The timer starts when you see a steady stream of steam coming from the hole in the front.
When the timer rang I took the jars out and put them on a towel on the counter. The jars were sealing as I was taking them out of the canner. Don’t you just love the sound of success? Pop Pop Pop.
I haven’t done any research about canning with a steamer vs a water bath. I just know I love it and haven’t had any problems. If you are wanting to check out the canner I bought it on Amazon. I think the price is about $17. In the stores they range from 49 – 74 for the same exact one.
I got 11 half pints. Is anyone canning today? Care to share? I would love to hear from you. I forgot to take pictures. Next time.