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Aug 12, 2011

1st Canning Time- Picklings!

Oh boy, I did my first batch of canning and did pickles today! I did a lot of research for months, and since all of the foods I'm going to can are acid, I bought a steam canner. Before anyone started telling me why they are BAD, I did my research, and I don't always go with what the Feds choose to spend money on researching.  I have been down that road before with supplements :) So please no comments on that, unless you've tried it and have some positive comments! I'd love to hear what you've made!

I used the Ball "Blue Book" recipe, with the "kosher style" variation, since I like spicier pickles. Added red hot pepper slices, red bell pepper slices, bay leaves, mustard seeds. I followed the Ball directions precisely, did all the sterilizing. I have to can outside, since we have a glass top range, no canning there. Our camp stove worked great, brought it to a boil, added hot pack jars, brought to 8" steam and started the timer. 15 minutes per batch.

The 1st batch came out with the pickles floating a little, I assuming I didn't pack tight enough. So I packed them tighter by adding some spears on the 2nd batch. Looked better now that they are done too. I did some small jars, because I wanted them for gifts or giveaways. NEVER again, too hard to pack, live and learn. Luckily I had more quart jars than I thought. The Ball recipe called for 8 lbs. cukes, way too much for the amount of brine. I had to make a 2nd batch of brine, which was okay, since I had enough ingredients. My total was 4 qts. jars and 7 pint jars. Took me about 2 1/2 hours total, not bad for a newbie.

Here's the before-

 


and the after, 1st batch-

Man the whole house smells like pickles! I'm cooling off now... and the lids are starting to ping! More later!

And the "girls" got the leftover cuke chunks for a cool down treat, in the 90's again today, ugh. They LOVED them!







6 comments:

Candy C. said...

Congrats on entering the wonderful world of canning!! I need to make some pickles soon, maybe Sunday. It is always so hard not to have a few jars with "floaters," don't stress about it! :)

nancypo said...

Thanks, I was hoping that was "normal"...

Kristina said...

We give our chickens the cut ends of cucumbers also. They sure do love treats. Your pickles look great.

nancypo said...

Thanks, I checked all the seals, were fine, chilling one to open later today and taste...

Kathleen said...

They looked just beautiful. Don't you just love the smell of pickles you have in your home while making them. My girls love all those scraps too

nancypo said...

Tried one today, pretty good flavor, need em spicier next time- will add garlic and more hot peppers!

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