Daily Archives: April 21, 2011

Adjust for Elevation: Jellies, Jams, Butters, Conserves, Preserves, all things fruit-spready, and more!

Last–but certainly not least–we look at all of the possibility in the fruit spread category: jellies, jams, butters, conserves, preserves, and more When it comes to adjusting this category for elevation … this is the easiest category of all. All … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation, and more: Chutneys!

By this point, chutney should be easy … right Chutney is a spread normally made of either fruits or vegetables–or a combo of both–with vinegar included in the mix … that’s then jelled like a fruit butter or preserve. The … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation, and more: pickles!

Other Processes Pickling: First, for fermented pickles, sauerkraut, etc. — use the Low Temperature Pasteurization Process outlined by the NCHFP. Because this process uses water between 180-185 degrees–which is below the boiling point–and a thermometer to determine/maintain temperature, there is … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation, and more: meat!

From vegetables, we’re now going to move over to meat, which–honestly–is even easier than vegetables. There are fewer categories, again, listed with the required pint/quart processing times. chicken and rabbit, without bones — 75/90; with bones – 65/75 chicken and … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation, and more: vegetables!

Next in line, we consider vegetables: the largest group of can-ables you’ll ever work with in your kitchen. Given their variety, vegetables may look rather intimidating on the surface, but–truly, even in combination–they’re probably some of the easiest things you’ll … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation, and more: nuts!

On the flip side, nuts and nut products are something I definitely have an opinion about … and so does the NCHFP. They’re a simple category, and I can handle them easily. There are two different preparations available for nuts: … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation, and more: salsas!

Next on the roster at the NCHFP is Salsa, but–honestly–I’m not going to devote a lot of space to it. For the most part–with a couple of minor exceptions–the approved salsas follow the same basic pattern: you have vegetable matter–tomatoes, … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation, and more: tomatoes!

When it comes to canning tomatoes and tomato-based products, it gets a little trickier. Modern rules set forth by the NCHFP use acid in most tomato-based recipes … with the exception of their age-old recipe for tomato paste. That turn … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation, and more: fruit and fruit products!

What I mean by fruit and fruit products is: whole fruits, halves, quarters, other assorted size/shape fruit pieces, canned in either water, syrup or juice. fruit juice relatively un-cooked fruit purees (since cooked fruit purees tend to end up being … Continue reading

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Adjust for Elevation? First, the basics.

What do I mean when I say that you should adjust your recipe for elevation? Most canning recipes are formulated by/written for people living at/near sea level … because–quite simply–a large percentage of the people on this planet live below … Continue reading

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