Food Preservation

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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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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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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Jump Start Your Canning Season With Some Tasty Freezer Jam!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm

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If you are getting prepared for the preservation season once again, or if you are just now entering into the world of canning for the first time, freezer jam is a great start to any season!

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Pros and Cons of the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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 See the  Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker at work making a batch of pepper jelly!

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Three Steps To Get Prepared for the Canning Season

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 4:30:00 pm

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Canning season is fast approaching! Have you looked in your canned good cabinet, your cellar, or on your shelves to find those few remaining jars from last year? Perhaps you’ve noticed a dwindling number of total jars. If you are anything like me, and I suspect many of you are, you may have some pickles, tomatoes, jellies, and applesauce left. You may also notice that your shelf of empty jars has fewer occupants than in the past. You might be wondering if it’s time to get a new canning rack or other basic supplies. It is time to think about what foods you want to can this year and a good time check all of your supplies to make sure you are ready for the canning season...   

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Ashley Introduces Herself and The Food Preservation Blog

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Welcome to my blog! “Who are you?” you may ask? Well, I’m Ashley Lichtenbarger, Minnetrista’s education manager, here to bring canning tips and techniques straight to you. I am also a crafter, canner, walker, and owner of an adorable dog. She’s a Heinz 57—a new breed I came up with just for her! Now, as much as I’d love this blog to be all about my dog, we have other things to talk about…

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