"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
I used to think that canning was some mystical process that only trained professionals should attempt. Get it wrong and your whole family dies of botulism or whatever.
But I got curious...
See, my mother-in-law makes jam (among other things). Her jam turned me into a jam snob: Store bought jam? No thank you!
Now, making the jam itself was not my problem. It was the canning that I was clueless about (seriously, that botulism is scary stuff, right?). I have foggy childhood recollections of my great-grandmother canning grape jelly and sealing it with wax sheets, but somehow this did not seem like a good place to start from. So I asked said mother-in-law if she wouldn't mind my looking in on her fall peach canning.
She said yes, of course, so, I went to her house and peeled and cut and watched and waited. Surely, I thought, the difficult and mystical part was going to appear.
Only that never happened.
I was shocked. Shocked by the simplicity of it.
I have been doing it for years now, and I can still say that Canning is Actually Really Simple! I have never had anything spoil, and no one has gotten sick.
If you want to give it a try, Apple Butter in the Crock Pot is a great way to get started into the world of canning. You can make a lot, or a little, depending on how many apples you feel like peeling. Said apples are pretty acidic, so there is little chance of anything unwanted growing in your jars (if you can keep the kids from eating it in one go to begin with)!
Gather It (for the Apple Butter):
Gather It (for the Canning):
Step aside Betty Crocker! You have made apple butter!
Now, for the canning...
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