You know how I recently learned how to can? Well I knew the next step would be to can something by myself, but I hadn’t decided what. I was looking at food that had been donated to the training center and noticed cucumbers and these handy-dandy packets of pickling mix! The only other ingredients were water and vinegar which I already had.

So one night I put the kids to bed and started canning. I only did 4 cans of 1/2 pints because I don’t have a very big pot, and most of my 1/2 pint jars were being used. I mostly wanted to do it for the practice. I did get worried though when I saw the big quantity of the recipe on the pickling mix. How in the world was I going to figure out how much to do for just 2 pints?? Thankfully I found this useful site that calculates size conversions for you!

The pickles turned out fine and all 4 of the lids sealed. I just love opening my cupboard to this!

Why did I wait so long to start canning? If you can, when and how did you learn?


Amy

11 Responses to “Canning Take 2”

  1. I canned pickles for the first time this week too! I did bread and butter pickles because J really only likes sweet pickles…though I plan on doing some others in the future too. Yay for canning!

    • I like sweet ones too. I actually made some more today, unfortunately one of the jars broke, but the others are still good.

      • KATY, TO KEEP JARS FROM BREAKING: HAVE CLEAN JARS READY. PREPARE EVERYTHING AND LAST, DIP JARS IN BOILING WATER TO STERILIZE AND HEAT. THEN PACK WITH CUCUMBERS AND HOT VINEGAR MIX. THAT SHOULD HELP. ALSO, NEVER CAN IN EMPTY JARS YOU BUY OTHER STUFF IN. USE CANNING JARS WHICH ARE TEMPERED GLASS.

  2. My mother taught me to can. I have made veggie soup, salsa, pickles, pickled beets. But I haven’t had time to pickle anything lately. There is nothing more satisfying than preparing food for your family to eat at a later Date.

    • I’ve been thinking about trying pickled beets. I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten a beet that’s been pickled, but I still want to try it!

  3. I learn to can by helping my mother when I was a girl. I’ve got canning down to a FRUGAL SCIENCE.
    Tonight I made a batch of Salmon Berry Jam from berries picked in a nearby park. I bought the jelly jars for 20-25 cents each at thrift stores. I even found some rings and lids while second hand shopping. All I paid for full price for was the pectin and sugar. I will make several other flavors this summer and give jam samplers as gifts through out the comming year.

  4. I made freezer jam for the first time this year. I am hoping once harvest time comes I have extra to can, it’s a great way to know what my family is eating and where it came from.

    • I made strawberry freezer jam once, and was so suprised how much better it tasted than store-bought. It tasted like a burst of strawberries in my mouth! :P And you’re right, you know there’s no high-fructose or anything like that.

  5. Pickled beets are good-so are Dilly Beans!I’ll be canning strawberry jam today.YUMMY!!! :)

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