Canning Tips and Tricks
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My parents and grandparents canned, so I grew up doing it. I started my own garden shortly after we married and have been canning our food ever since. A few years ago, several people were surprised that I still did something so old-fashioned.
Thanks to the economic downfall, many more are taking up the old-fashioned practice and it is getting much more popular again. Even during years when my garden doesn't do well, I can reconstituted dry beans, soy milk, jams, homemade soups, stock, free fruits that I've been given, and other things that save us so much time and money. It's a wonderful hobby to have.
Couldn't agree more with your reflections-- I've canned for more years than I want to remember-- I was born just before WW II and my parents learned to ration foods as did the entire country. We gardened and canned just because if we wanted canned tomatoes-- they couldn't buy them-- the metal for the cans was rationed as part of the war effort.
We also used the Ball Blue Book-- and like you I obtained a old organic gardening encyclopedia-- from the annual Library sale. I have never grown a large garden in my time-- but we did grow popcorn (so good compared to packaged popcorn!) and I put in a genetic dwarf apple tree-- I sold that house and really, really miss that apple tree! I miss the amended soil with all that compost!!
I checked with a master gardner recently- and learned the paper shreds I make trying to keep personal information from the trash-- is excellent mulch-- and I'll cover the shreds with cypress shreds--
Good luck with your growing and canning-- I salute you.....
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