Afraid of Pressure Canning? Don’t Be!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm


When I talk about pressure canning, some people look at me as if I’m crazy for even thinking about using this method to preserve food. This reaction is just proof that pressure canning, or more specifically pressure canners, have a bad reputation. Yes, in order for a pressure canner to work it requires building up a lot of pressure inside the canner. However, as long as you keep your canner in good condition and follow the directions, it is a perfectly safe canning method. It allows you to broaden the scope of what you can can!

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There Wasn’t a Chief Munsee. Really, There Wasn’t.

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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Let’s bust a few myths. The guy on the horse at the point of Granville and Walnut Avenues isn’t the non-existent Chief Munsee, the Indian depicted in the statue didn’t live in these parts, and the city of Muncie isn’t named for that same non-existent chief. So who is he, what is that statue doing here, and why was Muncie named “Muncie?”

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What is this thing?

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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Every now and then an object of mysterious function comes into the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. Often, the donor doesn’t know what it is, but just that they “found it when I cleaned out grandma’s basement.” We look through our reference books and search on-line. It is hard, however, to Google something when you have no idea at all what it is. 

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Six Lessons from the Culinary Herb Garden

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm


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Not enough time or kitchen space? Not a problem.

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm

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The Ball Canning Discovery Kit works well when preserving small canning batches, to get you started with food preservation, or if you have limited kitchen space.

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Muncie’s ‘Meaty’ Past

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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It was located on Broadway Avenue in Muncie—now Martin Luther King Boulevard—and it smelled bad. At times, it smelled really bad. It was the meat packing company that started as Kuhner and closed many years later as Marhoefer.

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Summer Watering Tips: Getting to the Root of the Problem

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm


For your own garden at home, keep the following tips in mind to help take some of the guess work out of watering plants correctly.

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Two Accessories to Add to Your Canning Toolbox

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:30:00 am

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Here is an overview of two tools Jarden released this year that aren’t included in the basic Ball® Utensil Set but have made canning a little bit easier for me!

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How to Date a Ball Jar

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm


No, not at a movie on Saturday night. Not that kind of date. Instead, I mean how do you tell how old your Ball jar is?

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Wizard of Oz Hat

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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In the late 1960s, Frances Petty Sargent and her late husband, Ed Petty, were in San Francisco shortly after MGM held an auction of stored properties. While shopping in a store on Ghiradelli Square, they purchased the Munchkin hat from that auction and, thus, began a hobby of collecting hats and other headgear that continued into the 1980s.

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