Food Preservation

What to do with Chutney?!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

Twice in the last few years I’ve chosen to have a chutney workshop. This year we will have a Spicy Tomato Chutney workshop on August 6—check our workshops page for details. Because I choose the foods that we can at workshops, you may assume chutney is one of my favorite condiments. That may be the case now. However, when I first decided to do it, I had never had any before—or at least didn’t think I had. So, before the first workshop, I had to do a bit of research. I didn’t even know what to do with chutney!

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What to pickle that isnít a pickle?

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm

Whether you love pickled cucumbers and want to know what other yummy seasonal produce you can pickle. Or you like pickle brine flavor but are not a fan of cucumbers. Or you are a foodie who likes to try different things. This blog is for you!

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Update On Canning At Minnetrista

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:50:00 pm

WELCOME SPRING!!!  I think I can say that for real now. I mean, it can’t snow in May, right…Oh my, I hope that’s right! Anyway, back to the point. Welcome to springtime. I’m super excited seeing all of the plants pop out of the ground.  I’m looking forward to planting my tomatoes soon. And Farmers Market at Minnetrista opened outdoors last week! This is a wonderful time when all these items to can are so plentiful.

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Best Places To Store Canned Goods

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Before we all get too heavily invested in canning wonderful goodies this season, we should first consider where we’ll store the foods that we preserve. If you are only going to preserve a couple items, perhaps this isn’t a big question for you. You can just store them with your other store-bought canned and dried goods. However, if you’d like to get more heavily involved with canning, you probably should consider storage beforehand.

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Is your canned food still decent?

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

One of the main concerns about canning is the safety of the food. Will it have mold? Bacteria? How will I know? The concern is understandable, but if you follow instructions, use clean surfaces, and use fresh foods, then the risks are minimal.

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Think before you can in color!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:20:00 pm

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With the drabby, cold, and gray winter we’ve been having in East Central Indiana, I’m sure many of you are ready for some sun, warmth, and a bit of fresh new color that spring can bring! If you follow Ball Canning & Recipes on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen that they are getting ready for Spring with some new green jars and colorful lids and seals.

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Have you become a pro at canning? Get started with a different food preservation technique!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00:00 am

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Have you become a pro at canning and are now looking into other methods of food preservation as options? Did you never think canning was for you, but would like to get into food preservation somehow? Well, perhaps I’ve got just the thing for you!  Dehydrating is a great method of food preservation that results in delicious foods.

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Give The Gift of Yummy Canned Goods This Holiday Season!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00:00 pm

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Yes, that’s right. It’s time to start thinking about the holidays. I’m sure many of you have begun to be bombarded by all of the Christmas gifts, decorations, and music in the stores already.

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Donít throw in the kitchen towel. Thereís still time for great canning this fall!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 4:50:00 pm

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It’s time to get geared up for canning! The season is about to begin, and I’m super excited to get started with preserving another year’s worth of fresh garden deliciousness. Wait. What’s the date? Is it October already?

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Afraid of Pressure Canning? Donít Be!

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

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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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