Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Canning onions

Onion are one of the greatest things to have in my opinion. They are easy to grow, have numerous storage methods, and can be cooked along side just about anything.

Canned onions go very well with Burgers, Hash Browns, Casseroles, etc

Step 1: Cut your onions.

Step 2: Cover in pot with water.

Step 3: Boil 5-7 minutes or until translucent.

Step 4: Fill jar. Sorry for the sideways picture.

Step 5: Pressure can them at 10 Lbs for 40 minutes. You're done!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Canning blackberry cobbler and pie filling

Blackberries grow all over the US. In my area there are vacant fields left and right that have plethora's growing. This year I went all out and took advantage of that.

It took me a few weeks to collect just over 7 gallons of these berries. To keep them from going bad I would fill the freezer after each trip, until I got an amount I was happy with. This is a handful of frozen berries right before I started cooking.

This is 1/2 of my stash. The recipe called for 3 gallons of berries, so I used a little extra.

Supplies list: Sugar, Berries, Lemon Juice, Water, and Clear-jel, OR Sure-jell.

Note: EVERY where online says to use Clear-Jel, and I did not find anywhere that advised the use of Sure-jell in its place. However, I went ahead and tried, and I have been VERY pleased with the results.

Once again for emphasis: I USED SURE-JELL AND LOVED IT.

Step 1:At the bottom of this post I have a chart that will give the amounts of each ingredient based on the size of batch you want to make. For that reason, I will just say the ingredient and not the amount. So, combine the sugar and pectin in a bowl, and slowly add it to the boiling water, stirring to prevent clumps.
Step 2: Once your water, sugar, sure-jell solution is mixed and simmering, add the lemon juice and berries.

Step 3: Turn down heat and stir, A lot, you don't want scorched berries at the bottom. The length of time you stir, will depend entirely on the consistency you want. If you like it with more whole berries, don't stir as long, but if you like it more liquid-ey, stir longer while on heat.

Step 4: Once the berry mash has attained the consistency you are aiming for, ladle the hot mash into your jars. Once in the jars get them in your boiling water in the water bath canner.

Step 5: Keep them covered in the boiling water for 30 minutes. At this point they will be done and you can remove and let cool.
You can see the mash seems to separate slightly once in the jar. The berry bits and solids float, while the more dense liquid sinks. I think this makes for a cool looking effect, and plays no roll in the usage of this filling.

Also, This stuff makes for a great addition to a homemade milk shake.

Ingredients for Quart Jars

Per Quart

(32 oz.) Jar

6 Quarts

8 Quarts
10 Quarts 12 Quarts

5 cups

30 cups or 2 gallons

40 cups or almost 3 gallons

50 cups or a little more than 3.5 gallons

60 cups or 4 gallons

Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup
3 cups 4 cups 5 cups 6 cups
Water 1 cup 6 cups 8 cups 10 cups 12 cups
Lemon Juice (required for canning) 1 Tbsp. 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsps. 1/2 cup 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsps. 3/4 cup
1/4 cup 1-1/2 cups 2 cups 2-1/2 cups 3 cups

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Homemade dehydrated hash browns

This is a very simple recipe. You should try it.

Step 1: Get potatoes and rinse them.

Step 2: Boil them until tender but not mushy.

Step 3: Skin the potato.

Step 4: Grate the potato. You can see the outter portion is cooked, but not all the way through. If I would have cooked them longer to get the middle tender the outsides would have been too far cooked. The worst that will happen if you have uncooked centers, is that some of the hash browns will loose their nice white color and get partially brown. Not a big deal for me, but it may be for you.

Step 5: Dehydrate the grated potatoes.

To cook these up, all you must do is cover a bowl of the dried pieces with water and throw them in the microwave for 1 and 1/2 minutes. let them sit and absorb the water, then dump them on a hot skillet with a little oil.