This is a discussion on Ain't Nobody Talkin' 'Bout Canning! What be wrong with you knuckleheads? within the Food, Health and Fitness Survival forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Originally Posted by dwight55 Let me give you something to think about, charito, . . . about canning that is. First thing: people have done ...
I learned canning from my Mother, who learned from my Grandmother......
For canners I like the "jiggler" regulated type. Very simple and only thing to worry about is the gasket going bad, but the gaskets are cheap/last years and I keep a stock of replacements handy. The ones with dial gauges need calibration and have more parts to fail.
I have old USA made Mirrormatic canners from small "cookers" up to 22-qt. Two canners are handy as you can start a 2nd batch of jars while the first canner is cooling. I'm still using jars my Grandmother/Mother used. You can find jars, and sometimes canners, cheap at tag sales, then just buy new rings/lids.
Other things that are needed are: tongs to lift hot jars, a funnel to fill jars, and a magnet to lift hot lids that have been sterilized in boiling water.
A candy thermometer is useful if you are canning high acid things like pickles or kraut that do not need to be pressure canned or even boiled. You get nice crispy pickles or kraut that way.
High acid foods (fruits, high acid tomatoes) can be canned in a water bath canner, but you have to be sure of the acidity and/or add an acid like lemon juice/vinegar, or ascorbic/citric acids.
Get a good canning/food preservation book and read it well before purchasing supplies or beginning canning.
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Last edited by Mad Trapper; 03-18-2020 at 10:08 AM.
Cracked open some apple butter we made this past fall (Winesap apples are so underrated). I have canned my whole life, I wonder if this crisis will lead to an increased interest in this and prepared living? It seems like we have seen an upswing in new users lately.
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Have not canned since he fall, but I have all my stuff ready for the produce from the garden. It is a good idea about he fruits and veggies that are at the stores now, just may have to do some canning while quarantined. Y'all stay safe out there!
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Dehydrating is another option to preserve foods. I've even dried meat, though for safety sake I cut off all fat, cooked it, then rinsed again for any sneaky fats. Even hamburger (gravel), thoroughly cooked then rinsed well. I haven't tried any of it yet, but it is there. I'm sure the 'quality' of it will be less than desired, but it is a protein source and will help to fill an empty stomach in hard times.
We've been canning beef on a regular basis the last two months or so. Ever since Dwight had that post on using his K-Bar while canning some and shared his instructions. We have a roast and some stew meat we're going to do this weekend to add to our stash.
I'm hunkered down and staying away from people. I don't need to go out to the supermarket. I think I've got a mild version of this covid 19 thing. I can feel it in my lungs, I've got the dry cough. But so far so good. I'm not down for the count. No fever. It started with a runny nose, aches and pains in the knees.
So we're in the shtf food storage eating mode at Casa Annie's, not the shtf canning mode just now. Been baking bread daily and making muffins for granny. Making prepper stews, and beanies weenies ( @bigwheel 's special). All sort of things. I am happy to be blessed with a decent pantry.
Hopefully if we get a break this summer I'll be back up to speed and canning away, but this virus is no joke. I think things are going to get worse. The economy is going down the tubes. Fast and pray. I'm doing one meal a day (think it strengthens the body), and no wine except on Sunday.
We need to start our seedlings this week. It's probably gonna be very important to get the garden going right this year.
Last edited by Annie; 03-19-2020 at 04:14 AM.
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