Lazy Budget Chef: I'm Afraid of Canning

Monday, August 16, 2010

I'm Afraid of Canning

Hi, my name is Lisa and I have a confession.

Canning food intimidates me.

Yes, the woman who jumped at the chance to use a jackhammer . The person who used a big honking rototiller and didn’t chop off her feet. The girl who’s new profile picture would have been on the roof of her house if her husband was not concerned about her falling and breaking her head open.

Yet, preserving food in the kitchen – stereotypical woman’s work if you will - scares the bajeezes out of me because if I do it wrong, I could wipe out my family with botulism.

No pressure.

*hee*

From what I’ve read, it sounds like you need all sorts of expensive equipment to can. Pressure cookers, jar lifters, jar cages for the water bath thingies. I hate to invest a bunch of money in something I might only do once. Because, you know, if the botulism thing happens.


I’m generally a rule breaker in the kitchen (I put peppermint in my fruit salad and won raves.) I’m afraid that if I break any of the you musts and you shoulds I’ll ruin a whole mess of food.

I freeze food  because the failure rate is so much less than with canning. Unless we have a multiday blackout.

I think you need heaps of fruit to can, don't you? As a kid, I remember my mom canning grape and strawberry jam in that go big or go home way of hers. We didn’t have to buy jelly for years. She only did it once because we had so much food afterwards.

How much fruit do you really need to make jelly? Am I being silly about my canning fears?

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7 comments:

  1. I know pressure canners can be expensive. In the spirit of being green, I managed to pick up a pressure canner on ebay for about 10 bucks. In bright yellow, no less! I still haven't used it. Not so much because I'm afraid of botulism, but I neglected to grow ANYTHING this year. But I have memories of my grandparents making batches of jams and salsa and canning those.

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  2. Lisa, just saw a show on Create TV over the weekend that shows you don't need fancy equipment and only need a few pounds of fruit or veggies to get started. It was on b-organic. Hopefully, you can locate it easily. It looked so easy, I might try it. Good Luck. And don't forget, if you get out of the mood, Cooper's Mill in Bucyrus (Bratwurst Festival is this Thur, Fri & Sat) has lots of canned goods you could stock up on. (I live in your identical condo just north of you, so I know. and I don't work for Cooper's Mill, just a huge fan.)

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  3. Laina - You had me at Bratwurst Festival :) I've driven through Bucyrus a lot to visit family in Northern Ohio.

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  4. Lisa, Great, then I'll expect to bump into you & hubby at one of the food concessions here! (Cooper's Mill is on SR 4 on the north end of town. You can't miss it!) Have a great time...

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  5. Sorry to keep bothering you, but I found the canning video... http://borganic.net/projects.php?subj=2&category=4&project_id=94
    Also, look at the ones for vegetable broth and apple butter. I think if they can do it, we can, too!

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  6. No bother! I need all of the encouragement I "can" get. I bought pectin....

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  7. I just canned for the first time last week. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. In fact it wasn't bad at all. It was actually easily. Messy, but easy. I started out with salsa and am moving on to tomato sauce later this week. I say go for it girl! If you can cook, you can can.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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