Canning - Spend Less Time this Time


It takes how long?

For the beginning canner, the issue of time becomes the major stumbling block. Who wants to spend an entire afternoon, or the entire day in a hot kitchen? After picking, washing and sorting the produce you already need a nap!

Yes, canning can be laborious - but you know it's worthwhile. The best tomato juice, the best relish, the best pickles, and the best salsa - it can all come right from your very own kitchen. So how do you make it less time consuming?

Here are a few pieces of equipment to help.

Are you in the middle of cherry season and making cherry pie filling or preserving cherries? Tired of coring the cherries with a hand-held cherry pitter? You can pit up to 30 lbs. of cherries in an hour with a cherry plunger. This plunger automatically feeds the cherry into slot and with one stroke of the plunger the pit ejects into a container and cherry falls into waiting bowl.

A food strainer is a tomato lover's dream. Feed the tomatoes into the hopper, turn the crank and let the seeds and skins go one way and the wonderful juice and pulp the other way. Now you can create sauce, chili sauce, or red-hot fiery salsa! Great way to save time and prepare bushels of tomatoes! But there are some added benefits; the Food Strainer also can be used for berries, pumpkins and grapes by simply changing a screen and for less effort, you can purchase a motor to run it! Try this time saver this year!

 Maybe you are not into tomatoes but sweet corn? One of my least favorite jobs is cutting the kernels off the ears of corn! I always make my husband take on this task. This year I'm going to use the American corn cutter that hooks over my pan. I can just slide the ear along the tray and the blade will cut off the kernels with no hassle. I can't wait for this year's corn crop!

An apple peeler and corer will reduce prep time for making pies, applesauce and more! Peel, core and slice apples in one step, or choose to peel only, or core and slice only. Now you can really handle those bushels in the fall!

 For those who don't like to spend all day surrounded by hot steam and boiling water the answer is a steam canner! It really takes the "sweat" out of canning. Use only 3 pints of water and cut your pre-heating time in half. The steam canner takes the place of a large water bath canner, so use only with high acid foods. But for fruit and pickles - you can do small batches in a short amount of time and cut out the heavy lifting and boiling over! The steam is what cooks the produce! This piece of equipment ranks high on saving time! 

So this year get out of the kitchen faster! With some unique products you won't work up such a sweat, but you will still get to enjoy all the great tasting food!

 Here's a couple of quick recipes for this summer:

Quick Mustard Pickles

Zucchini Relish