If you haven't preserved any food using the water bath method you are missing out. Canning using the water bath method is very safe and effective. Plus I don't have to take up valuable freezer space.
My mom makes homemade applesauce for the whole family from her very prolific apple tree and us girls take it home and can it. Aren't we the luckiest gals ever?!?! She does the really hard work and we get the amazing results. So last night I canned my mothers homemade applesauce. And of course we ate some too while it was still warm, oh the goodness.
I have seen some comments were people say canning is too risky and they are too afraid to try it. Anyone can do this. It is not hard but it just takes a little time. I don't even use a pressure cooker. Here's how we do it.
Jars - buy jars that are designed for canning - They can be purchased on line, at places like Wal-Mart, even your Farm and Home type stores. Sometimes you can use a recycled mayo jar but only if your canning lids fit perfectly.
Lids - again buy lids that are designed for canning and my mother suggets that you not try to reuse your lids, you take the risk of them not sealing and they are cheap. These can also be purchased anywhere you can buy jars. You can even buy them in the grocery store.
Rings - Rings are meant to be used over and over again. You only need them to hold the lids down during the boiling process, so you won't need as many rings as you will lids.
Jar lifter - this is a pretty important tool because you have to be able to remove the jars from the boiling water safely. These can be purcahsed in any of the above mentioned stores.
Very Large Pot with a lid - mine holds about about 50-60 quarts of liquid so it is pretty darn big. (My mom gives the best presents, actually she was probably just encouraging me to can my own stuff. LOL) Here are a couple of pictures from Amazon.com on the types you can use. Mine looks like the stainless steel one.
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