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10 January 2012 @ 08:20 pm
Intro post and canning question  
Hi there!  I'm a 34 year old married nursing student, my husband and I own a home with a 1/6 acre lot, so I'm pretty stoked about setting up a garden in the spring. 

I'd also like to try my hand at canning, since it's just my husband and I, and I'd like to make pickles and such for Christmas gifts (ye gods, it's January and I'm already thinking about Christmas presents...someone shoot me).  Except, well, I've never done canning or pickling before.  Do you folks have any suggestions for easy recipes, easy instructions, that sort of thing?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
yarrowyarrowkat on January 11th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
best canning/pickling/drying/preserving book i know of is Rodale's Stocking Up. it's an old classic, and it really breaks things down and makes them easy. water bath canning, for things like apples and pickles, is really easy. pressure canning takes a few more steps and some confidence with a pressure cooker, but is also not difficult once you get the hang of it. you can do tons of things just with water bath canning, though -- jams, jellies, most fruits, pickles, tomato sauce (as long as it's acidic).