When handling any food products, it is always best to practice safe sanitation by washing your hands first. In addition, you will be washing your jars with warm, soapy water as well. To get started, you will need your freshly sanitized jars, new lids and sealers, as well as a water bath canner, which is available through our rental equipment program. Fill your water bath canner ¾ full, along with your jars. This is important in ensuring your jars will submerge properly when placed into the water bath canner for the sanitation process.
Tip: Add a cup of vinegar to your water bath canner before you preserve any foods at home to prevent hard water build up in your equipment over time.
Load your jars into your water bath canner 1 to 2 inches apart in order for the air bubbles to move between the jars during the sanitation process. After that is finished, you will lower your jars slowly into the water bath canner making sure they are fully submerged then place the lid on top to enclose. Turn the burner on to boil jars for 10-15 minutes to ensure sanitation has been achieved.
After the allotted time, turn off the burner and put on oven mitts. Carefully transfer water bath canner to a cold burner. Once you have done so, you will now have sanitized food canning jars.
In this recipe, the list of ingredients included are not limited, for additional produce or herbs options can be added or substituted in your beef stew. Produce such as mushrooms, tomatoes, green peas, red, yellow, and green bell peppers are a great selection of vegetables not only because they are healthy, but also because they are extra flavors added in your dish. Thyme, rosemary, oregano, and parsley are just a few names of herbs that will give your beef stew a flavorful taste. These produce and herbs options can be freshly grown in your garden as well or purchased locally. Whether you are wanting to freshly serve or can your beef stew, this recipe allows you to do either option upon your desire. The pressure canner is available through our rental equipment program.
When it comes to preparing a pumpkin puree, the food options are endless. Desserts such as cookies, cheesecake, cake, pie, and bread can be used from your puree after you have finished this process. For breakfast, you can prepare a pumpkin spiced latte and pumpkin pancakes using this recipe. Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg spices can be added for extra flavor as well. In addition, if you like spicier flavors, mace and clove are a couple options to choose as well. Canned puree can certainly be used in this recipe; however, making it from scratch gives you a farm to table experience.
Making a pumpkin puree doesn’t just stop there- baking the seeds can be used in salads or even just to eat as snacks. Not only does making a fresh puree taste delicious, but it also can be beneficial to your health. Sugar pie pumpkin contains vitamin A and C, protein, and is also high in potassium; furthermore, it is low in calories. Due to the sugar content and texture in the sugar pie, we chose to use this type of pumpkin. The food processor is available through our rental equipment program.
How to Preserve Pumpkin Puree
Dehydrating or drying foods is another method for food preservation-extending shelf-life up to 3 or more weeks. By doing this method, you don’t have to discard your zucchini after 7 to 10 days due to it decomposing. Also, by dehydrating your zucchini it will take up much less space due to it shrinking after being dried. Since summer squash is beneficial in preservation, it is beneficial to your health as well in many ways. Zucchini is a multivitamin, low in calories, contributes to healthy digestion, and is rich in antioxidants meaning it helps protect your body from damage by free radicals. Not only is zucchini delicious, but it is also great for your well-being. Adding dried spices such as basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and dill is just a few flavorful ingredients to add to this appetizing vegetable. These zucchini chips make for a great snack and can be added to any food dish such as soups to rehydrate. A dehydrator is available through our rental equipment program.
For this pre-mixed kosher dill pickle recipe, you will need a 22qt. water bath canner (Click Here to Rent a Canner), canning tool kit, a ladle, white vinegar, jars, unused canning mason jar lids, and the accompanying screw rings or bands.
Enjoy your pickles!