This month's notes: February 2017: Stored US apples are still  available.  See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops.

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And we have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! Also make your own ice cream; see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy  directions

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Recommended Videos and DVDs about Canning, Jam making, Food Drying and Preserving

Whether you are canning for your first time or in your 50th year of canning; all the Videos and DVDs and recipes you need are here, and at the best prices you'll find anywhere.

Everything All can be shipped by a variety of methods, including overnight, if you have a canning emergency!

Note : In response to requests for canning products and Videos and DVDs, I've added this page, and I've found reliable suppliers for the products here. I appreciate your business- buying the products here helps support the website!

 

At Home Canning for Beginners & Beyond

 

Kendra Lynn's dvd is an easy-follow video with canning basics, safety, and how-to's that cover all areas: apple jelly and applesauce, Blueberry Pie Filling, Grape Juice, Spaghetti Sauce, Green Beans, Dried Beans, Ground Beef, Chicken, Chile Con Carne, Chicken Soup, Beef Stew.

She covers water bath canning and pressure canning. Plus, canning outdoors on a propane stove. Features Tattler Reusable Canning Lids. It certainly doesn't hurt that Kendra has a clear voice and style!

 

To read customer reviews on Amazon, for more information or to order, click on the Amazon box at left.

 

 

 

 

 

Books

Canning Videos and DVDs

Canning & Preserving for Dummies
by Karen Ward
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Usually ships in 24 hours

Click here for more information, reviews, prices on Amazon.com for Canning and Preserving For Dummies




The Ball Blue Book of Preserving

This is THE book on canning AND freezing!  My grandmother used this book when I was a child.  It tells you in simple instructions how to can almost anything; complete with recipes for jam, jellies, pickles, sauces, canning vegetables, meats, etc.  If it can be canned, this book likely tells you how! Click on the link at left for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)


   

Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving

by United States Dept. of Agriculture - These guys ARE the authority on processing times for safety!

Practical, easy-to-follow guide contains virtually everything consumers need to know about home canning: how to select, prepare, and can fruits, vegetables, poultry, red meats and seafoods; how to preserve fruit spreads, fermented foods and pickled vegetables; how to prepare foods for special diets, and much more. Also includes scores of simply written recipes that even beginners can handle (smoked fish, turkey-tamale pie, chicken croquettes, more. It's the second book to get, after the Ball Guide. Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)

The Kerr Home Canning book

The Kerr book is another long time favorite!  Most people grew up with either the Ball Blue Book or the Kerr Home Canning Book on their mother's cookbook shelf! There are two versions of the book - check out both to see which is currently available. Click on the link at left to see more information and how to order it through Amazon.com for the best price!

   
 
   
Ball home canning kit water bath canner

Home Canning Kits

This is the same 33 qt (total volume) type of  standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer, and the bible of canning, the Ball Blue Book. You'll never need anything else except more jars and lids!
Features:

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner and "Ball Blue Book" of canning.
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection. 

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
 

Waterbath Canner, 33 qt. If you want only the canner, without the Ball Blue Book, tongs, lid lifter, jar funnel and other supplies, click at left for more information!

If you have a glass or ceramic stove top, then flat bottomed canners are generally recommended.  Here's a good value on at 21 Quart (total volume) one!
Fagor home canning accessories kit

5-Piece Canning Accessories Kit

  • Five-piece set: funnel, jar lifter, lid lifter, jar wrench, and tongs
  • Vinyl coating improves grip and prevents heat transfer
  • Extra-wide funnel mouth
  • Ideal for home canning
  • Hand washable only

Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours   

   

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Picking Tips

[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!]  [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]

Home Canning Kits

Features:

Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection.

This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!

Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.

Need lids, rings and replacement jars?  Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes?  Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!