dealspresto 7 function canning kit: kitchen & dining…

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Link for canning book: http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Complete-Book-Home-Preserving/dp/0778801314/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_c

$13.62 is a reasonable price, but that's right around what it always costs. I really recommend this set for anyone who is just starting out.

Okay, now back to canning (today is spiced pear butter).

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Howdy! Boy, I could've used this last weekend. Put up my first effort of lightly spiced miniature pears this past weekend with makeshift equipment. This would have been helpful! You would've been proud. From tree to shelf, all by myself. Ten 10 oz jars. Found some lovely little Italian canning jars too. I felt like a real old fashioned pioneer woman...with an electric kitchen.

And BTW, I have a recipe for an all butter pie crust that is so simple, it's not even funny. All made in a food processor. My Gran would've been amazed!

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@lavikinga: Howdy right back! Dang, I've been busier than a monkey in a banana factory today. Lightly spiced pears sounds absolutely wonderful; my pear butter is always spiced; 1 part cinnamon to 1/2 part nutmeg, and 1/3 part ginger. That's measured against the sugar, of course.

Let me see...

1 cup pulp
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
scant 1/4 tsp ginger

It's still cooking down, right now, and I figure I'll be through canning it about 8 or 9 PM Pacific. My house smells wonderful, of course. Nothing like cinnamon to add that sweet homey smell.

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It's that time of the year again. Canning is one of the few things my grandma didn't really do. She would make some really good jam once in a while.

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@shrdlu: Looks like the recipe I pulled from thin air. I used freshly grated nutmeg and ginger since I had it on hand, and then threw a few strips of lemon peel and cardamon seeds into the syrup as well. I had exactly 30 whole cloves in the jar in the spice rack, so I put three cloves in each jar.

I can't begin to tell you how tickled I was to hear the jars "pop" as they cooled down!

I could've picked bushels to bring home. NEXT year I will. There's an apple tree up at the cabin that would make great apple butter or apple sauce. And I have a girl friend who has a recipe for pear chutney that is supposed to be delicious on a turkey sandwich.

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Just in time. Thanks shrdlu!

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Oh that's a really nice kit! I have all the parts that are shown, but they don't match, being yard sale and Goodwill orphans. Love the bubble releaser! I've been using a chopstick but it doesn't have a magnet. I really like this set. Maybe I'll treat myself.

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@theoneill555: I could send you some. I always make far more than I use, and give some away.

I love canning. It's just been something normal, all of my life. I did some canning even when I was working frightening hours, in the last years before I retired (80 and 90 a week, and being salaried, much of it was for free). Now that I have access to orchards, and a large garden, it just makes perfect sense.

I put up 21 quarts of pears, and still had enough pears (out of 40 pounds) to make 22 half pints of pear butter. My house still smells of pears, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

@lavikinga: I don't think I've put cloves in pears before; sounds tasty. I'll have to try it next time out.