Canning season is here for some gardeners! I have not canned much yet. I had to replant my green beans and the corn got planted late. So I am just waiting. I thought I would share a few canning tips that I have learned myself and from others.
Have you ever opened a jar of green beans only to find that they tasted sour? Over the years I have tried to figure our what went wrong with these kind of beans. I even tried to add a little vinegar, but it just didn't help. A few years ago, I discovered that if I wait to put the water and salt on them until just before I put them in the canner, I did not have sour beans! Usually, I can 20+ jars of beans in one day and it is handy to fill all the jars and let them sit until the canner is ready. But no more! One year, I did beans with my sister and she filled the jars with water and salt ahead of time. And I thought, "Oh well, shouldn't matter." But it did! I will never do it again! We are still trying to eat those beans!
Are you tired of fruit and vegetables that cooks out all over the jar? Just a simple proceedure will take care of it! Run a table knife through it to let all the air bubbles out. You should have no more messes!
Want to keep the heat out of the house? Just use an outside cooker! It costs around $130 but is well worth it! My cooker (Click on the Cabelas link on the top right and search for camp chef explorer stove to see what I have.) has two burners and is run with a gas tank from your gas grill. With two burners you can use two canners and cut down on your time.
Having trouble with your pressure canner sealing up or jiggling properly? I have trouble with the jiggler jiggling right. It seems to build up pressure and I think it is ready to be timed but it never jiggles properly. I called my aunt and she told me that the bottom of the pressure canner is warped and it is not level. So my husband is to take a hammer and a board (inside the canner) and beat it flat again. When she told me that, I remembered that he had done that once before. So now I am anxious to pressure can beans this year!
If your canner truly does not seal up, you can go to Pague and Fegan in Shippensburg and buy a new sealer. Just make sure you take your model number along.
I hope you find these tips useful!
Do you have any canning tips to share? Feel free to share in the comment section!