Canning season approaching.

By Richknowbody Latest Reply 2011-09-05 10:31:23 -0500
Started 2011-09-02 08:36:19 -0500

I canned 16 Jars of my Pinto bean soup.
Going to do Lintel bean soup next.
Will have lots of vegetables to do.
Still have a lot of apple sauce from last year. It is the best apple sauce I have eaten. What I can is so much better than store bought. I think my ingredients are so much better than a large corporations.
Apples were a really good price last year so I bought 30 lbs and canned them.
The Ball canning recipe book's stew is wonderful, I follow it precisely but put in very high quality ingredients. Just need to try new substitutes for potatoes. Potatoes just spike my blood sugars too much.
Love the social-ness of the canning process. Fun to do with lots of people.

23 replies

Richknowbody 2011-09-03 11:57:45 -0500 Report

Have you guys heard of freecycle? It is a part of yahoo groups. But I am a member. It is a group that shares things they no longer need, but don't want to throw in the trash.
But I have gotten peach's and apricots and canned them on about 5 different occasions from members giving fruit away.
I have gotten many nice things from free cycle and given away nice things, That I no longer needed.

GabbyPA 2011-09-04 09:09:24 -0500 Report

I am not a fan of the groups, but that one sounds very interesting. We have always had things to "free cycle" but just gave them to good will or neighbors. That sounds like a neat idea. Thanks.

Richknowbody 2011-09-04 09:39:11 -0500 Report

I just brought it up because my insurance company ships me more lancets than I use. I guess I can't give away the Lantus I have on hand, but I do have too many lancets. They give me 100 a month, and I change it in the morning. The strips I am using more than I am am given.

GabbyPA 2011-09-05 10:31:23 -0500 Report

That is usually the case. LOL. I use a lot more than I can afford in a month, but I keep on using them. That tells me too much information.

Dixiemom 2011-09-02 18:26:22 -0500 Report

I used to can tomatoes and peaches and bake my bread and maake jam. That was in the days before this neuropathy. Now we freeze a lot of things. Made some peach preserve this year. Ga. peaches were especially good. I usually cook a large amount and freeze 1/2. I can't handle the large pots anymore so we can only when my husband is home, but next year I want to put in a veggie garden.

Favgrandma 2011-09-02 19:36:37 -0500 Report

My peach,nectarine,bing cherry and loquat trees didn't produce this year due to a late freeze but my apple tree and pomegranate are loaded.It is questionable as I am in the upper desert in So. Calif. I froze alot of fruit last year so can still use those. I like to throw them in smoothies when it is beyond hot.

Favgrandma 2011-09-02 15:30:18 -0500 Report

I would like to try canning soups and make the zucchini and tomato recipe as my garden is running over. Froze alot last year but would love to try canning. Have an apple tree that is just about ready to pick. Would also like your aplesauce recipe.

Richknowbody 2011-09-02 16:00:39 -0500 Report

Sure, I will get you the recipe for the apple sauce. I know it was very simple with no sugar added. (I am type two like you). but wow does it taste good. We used my wife's recipe. She teaches kindergarten and first grade. She has her kids all bring an apple and then they make apple sauce in the morning, and then eat it before they leave that day.

Favgrandma 2011-09-02 16:19:07 -0500 Report

That sounds wonderful. My hubby loves applesauce and I would like to can my own. I made some jalapeno pepper jell last week but can't have any as too much sugar. The pectin package specifies not to use sugar substitutes when using the pectin. I usually substitute splenda whenever I can. I don't eat sweets very often but if I can sneak it in my recipes what my hubby doesn't know will make him healthier.

ShellyLargent 2011-09-02 10:12:47 -0500 Report

I canned for the first time last fall. I made several jars of jelly and gave them out as gifts. This year I want to try my grandma's recipe for canned zucchini and tomatoes. Never thought about canning soups. I always freeze batches, but then tend to forget about them… Might try canning veggie soup this year instead!

re1ndeer 2011-09-02 09:48:44 -0500 Report

Can you list your canning recipes on our diabetes website. They sound delicious. I'm sure others would be interested too.

Richknowbody 2011-09-02 11:08:18 -0500 Report

There are plenty of better cooks on DC than me. I'm an amateur. I do love cooking. I did post my Rye whole wheat bread recipe. Pumpernickel bread if you like. It is a low glycemic index bread.
I do stress the best ingredients.
You will be making 16 one pint jars, you don't want to make 16 jars of something you don't want to eat.

re1ndeer 2011-09-02 18:45:08 -0500 Report

I posted a freezer tomato sauce in the recipe section, for everyone who has extra tomatoes. You can freeze this sauce for 6 months.

GabbyPA 2011-09-02 08:39:31 -0500 Report

Oh yum. I think I am going to be doing some of that myself after I got the books you recommended in your other post. I am going to do some soups for winter. That will be so much better than canned soups with all that salt and other junk in them. I use cauliflower instead of potatoes or I might also use some parsnips. I just picked some up this week. Fall is coming!!!!

Richknowbody 2011-09-02 08:42:36 -0500 Report

Yea, I put very little salt in them. I prefer to do that as I eat them.
My bean soups I don't put in meat or seasonings until I am ready to eat them, this way I can have a different flavored meal each time I eat it.
Wish you could stop by and I could show you the meat canning process, so you would see there is no problem.
Just keep the heat up for the correct length of time and everything is killed and so safe for you.

GabbyPA 2011-09-02 08:56:23 -0500 Report

I am going to Sams Club today or next week and I am going to buy some bulk items to have some fun next week. Thanks for the inspiration!