Monday, September 5, 2011

My New (to Me) Canning Equipment!

I got over my fear of canning and canned spiced blueberry jam. Now that I know canning jam doesn't take all day or bushels of fruit I want to do more of it. I looked into buying some of the equipment many of you agreed I didn't absolutely need to can food but will make the job easier and is nice to have.

After not winning it at the drawing at The Easton Farmers Market (waaah!) I bought the Ball Home Canning Discovery kit because I wanted something to keep the full jars of jam from flopping around in my stockpot while they cooked/processed/did the thing that makes sure you don't kill people with botulism. It's 10 bucks, comes with three jars (I need those too), and the silicone basket thingy squishes into a drawer when you aren't using it. How perfect for me and my small kitchen!

Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit

After I bought it, I mentioned my purchase and recent canning escapades to my mom. She asked me if I could return the Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit. I told I could but didn't want to because I didn't know where she was going with the conversation.



Where she went was to her garage. My mom gave me her old canning equipment!

I have a canning pot, rack, jar lifter, canning funnel, and a few jars too.


I will definitely use it. Husband and I are trying our hand at creating a covert front yard vegetable garden. I think we did a little too well at our first attempt.


I have to do something with all of these cucumbers! 

Good thing Husband likes pickles.

Help a canning newbie out. What are your favorite canning cookbooks?




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