Summer around here means tending to the garden, pulling weeds, keeping everything watered and then waiting for everything to grow and ripen. It's that time so I've been busy canning. I wasn't quite sure I'd find a canning pot that would work with my induction top stove but I found this large size, stainless steel one at Walmart. Works like a charm. If you use an induction top stove, just make sure you see the induction compatible icon on the sticker. Then you'll know you're good to go.
Good canning supplies and clean jars are a must. I use only sterilized jars that are meant for canning.....no mayonnaise jars or cleaned up pickle jars. Usually I stick with Ball or Kerr and Ball lids. I like Certo Sure Jell for my liquid pectin but I tried the powdered version this Summer with good results too.
There's always a little pan of simmering water ready to warm up the lids. This is key as it gets the rubber on the lids softened and makes for a perfect seal every time. First up was the fruits and Peach Jam. My local grocery store had some nice, ripe fruit this year that was really sweet.
I spent two full days in the kitchen canning. Temperatures were very mild so I didn't mind heating up the kitchen for a while. My kitchen usually looks like this during canning season. The stove is a boiling, sticky or bubbly mess, the countertops are lined with clean towels and cooling jars. There's fresh picked zucchini, cucumbers and the like laying around....and there's always that wonderful sound to any canner's ears....the pop, pop, pop of sealing jars.
Next up I moved on to some sweet green peppers that I picked from the garden. I purchased the colored varieties at the store.
Next I picked a variety of hot peppers from the garden.
I was just about out of Candied Jalapenos. My family loves these over cream cheese with crackers, some dips and in Chili with a cool dollop of sour cream.
It feels so rewarding to grow your own garden goodies, preserve them in fun ways....and then reap the fruits of your labor come Fall and Winter. All the sweat and hard work pays off. I have lots of veggies still in the garden so most likely I'll be canning up more jars for Christmas gifts this year.
Haven't tried canning? Think it's too hard? It's not.....just get the right supplies, use fresh ingredients, follow the instructions exactly and you'll be on your way. Hope you give it a try and that we start a new canning revolution!