Everyone who cans can tell you that any shortcut or even the smallest information on helping in the process is a welcome piece of knowledge.
We are always trying to cut down on the time it takes to can our food no matter what it is. Because time is something that is precious and we don’t have a lot of with our busy life and schedules. Believe me mine is long and tedious.
So every chance I get to read about tips or tricks in the canning world I take the time and it really does help.
So take the time read these…
6 Secrets of Hot Water Bath Canning You Might Not Know
Fill Jars with the Rings On
This keeps the rims clean while you’re filling the jars, and saves you the hassle of wiping them down later.
Use a Measuring Cup When Filling Jars
This just makes the whole process go more quickly and smoothly. Easy-peasy. It takes away the guesswork.
Screw Lids down “Fingertip Tight”
Screw the lids down just until you start to feel resistance when you tighten, aka “fingertip tight.” Inevitably, some air bubbles get trapped inside the jars while you’re filling them. If the lids are screwed down too tightly, those air bubbles don’t have a way to escape during the hot water bath and can cause your lids to buckle.
Remove Rings Once Jars Have Sealed
Amazingly, you don’t need the rings once the jars have sealed. The lids are so firmly sealed around the rim of the jar that you can literally lift them into the air by the lid alone! Removing the unnecessary rings frees them up for other canning projects.
The Bounce Test for Gauging Pectin
It’s hard to know how much pectin a fruit contains, and therefore, how much you might need to add to get a jam to set properly. Here’s where the bounce test comes in. Fruits that are high in natural pectin will have a more rigid cell structure and tend to bounce when you drop them onto a table, like blueberries and blackberries. Fruits that are lower in pectin tend to smoosh, like strawberries.
Label Jars with the Batch Number
Not only does this help keep your pantry organized, but if there’s a problem — or unexpected success! — with one jar, you know which other jars you need to check.
Have you ever been hiking or biking in the mountains on a cold and rainy day and wishing that you had something hot to drink . It can also be used a a heat source if need be. You can cook a full meal on it also.
This is something that you can make yourself with very little time or effort.
It is light and easy to carry , you can put it into your pack on your bike or back. Environmentally friendly , economical and safe to use.
There is something we have found that can make this happen for you.
I just heard about these little helpful hints that I want to share with everyone .
This is for anyone that has pesky animals or pesky bugs .
If you have a cat that is constantly in your garden area either digging or doing its business. This little recipe is supposed to stop that . You take a spray bottle and combine in hot water cinnamon and rosemary powder . Shake , let it dissolve and spray around your garden area . We shall say “Cat be Gone.” They do not like this.
This one is for Dogs , they to can be pesky critters. Take an orange and peel off the skin . Take the skin and put it into warm water and let it soak for about three days. Put the water into a spray bottle and spray the area that the dogs have been getting into . Gone!
For Deer . We have had deer in our yard and they just love all our green bushes . So you take strong smelling soap and hang it around the trees and bushes that you want them to stay away from. They do not like the smell. Make sure it is a non-friendly smelling soap.
I already put a pesky bug one on my recipe section but this is another one that is quite useful sounding . Again with the spray bottle put an aspirin into it, fill with water , let dissolve and spray on your plants . Aphids do not like this.
These are handy little hints that I have come across hopefully they will help you with any of your pesky issues.