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Welcome to Shelli's Jelly Jar Home Canning blog!

Welcome to my canning blog! A place where I will be sharing recipes, anecdotes and links to custom canning supplies like sticker labels, recipe binders, aprons, hand towels, gift tags and more from my new niche store on Zazzle.com called The Jelly Jar and where I design specialty items just for the canning enthusiast or cottage kitchen food preservation small businesses.    

I hope you will make this a regular stop for your custom canning needs and information!






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Why Are Mason Jars Made of Glass? Fun Facts about Canning

Today I wanted to add to the fun facts about canning history with this topic.Why are mason jars made of glass? You may not have ever thought about it but sometimes odd questions like that come to me and I wonder why are mason jars not made out of clay like pottery or crocks? I also find it amazing that since canning was invented we still use the same basic design of glass jar. The only thing that has really changed about them is the method of sealing.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Nicolas Appert was the inventor of heat processing food preservation that he developed by placing cooked food in glass jars, removing as much air as possible and sealing the jars with corks that were wired in place then processed in a water bath.  He used glass because he believed that it was air that caused food spoilage and glass is not easily penetrated by air.  I also briefly documented the story of the inventor of the mason jar here.Even though it wasn't known at that time that it is actually …

Monthly Canning Plan: Ten Seasonal fruits for September Canning and a bonus recipe.

So it is September and harvest season is winding down, but there are still plenty of options for canning this month. Many of the items on the list have been on previous lists as well, such as apples and peaches, but now it is late season varieties that are ready instead of the early ones. There are also classic late summer/early fall goodies like pumpkin, pears and carrots. Carrots? you say... Yes carrots!  If you plug carrots into the search box above you will find the carrot marmalade recipe I posted back in February only I bet it tastes so much better with garden fresh carrots! So here's a list of 10 fruits for September canning. Apples BlackberriesCarrotsPeachesPearsPeppers PumpkinRaspberrySquash
Tomatoes

Since I have always made an effort to share unusual recipes on this blog, for the bonus recipe this month I want to add squash jelly to the list. You may not have been aware that you could make jelly out of squash so make sure to add it as another tool in your box for how to …

Canning Recipe of the Month: Pineapple Rhubarb Jam

As promised in my last post the recipe for this month is a combo of two of the most tasty fruits of the month of August!  It is not a hard recipe so that even gardeners who are pretty busy this time of year might have the time to make a small batch. If you have a rhubarb patch and need new ideas to go with your rhubarb pie recipes, why not try this one and see if it becomes a family favorite?  
Pineapple Rhubarb Jam
Ingredients:Two 8 oz cans crushed pineapple in juice, do not drain!Four cups prepared fruit of rhubarb (about 2 lb. fully ripe rhubarb) One tsp. fresh lemon juice One box Fruit Pectin  1/2 tsp. butter or margarine Six cups sugar  A few drops red food coloring (optional) Directions: Drain pineapple and reserve the juice. Add enough water to reserved juice to measure one cup. Finely chop unpeeled rhubarb; place in large saucepan. Stir in pineapple juice. Bring to boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for two minutes or until rhubarb is soft. Measure exactly 4 cu…

Canning Planner Tips: The fruits of August for your canning plan

August is the thick of harvest and canning season. Gardeners who can are usually quite busy in August  just trying to keep up with the tomatoes, green beans and okra among other veggies. Most will not even consider taking the time to include jelly or jam unless they have a strawberry patch and they have to.

But for those of you who don't have a garden taking up all your canning energy, here is a list of fruits that are ripening in the month of August for you to can up a bit of late summer flavor and enjoy it this coming winter.

I noticed so many citrus fruits on the list that an obvious choice would be to make some kind of marmalade. Or with two kinds of apples, apple butter is a great choice and perfect for holiday gift giving.

The two on the list that grabbed my interest were pineapple and rhubarb. I think for my recipe of the month I will search for a jelly or jam recipe that uses one or both of them. Stay tuned!

Here is the full list for you to choose from, kiwifruit is anothe…

Canning recipe of the Month: Watermelon Jelly

This post is all about summer in a jar! 

Now is the time to capture the taste of summer and keep it in a jar until some damp and dreary winter day when you need a lift in your spirits. Then you can open a jar of this beautiful summer flavor and spread it on some toast or a biscuit and feel like you can make it another day! 
Wow, how dramatic but it seriously does help. So go grab some watermelon while it is in season and make a batch of jelly. 

Note: There is controversy as to whether it is safe to water bath can watermelon. Women have been doing it for decades and the acidifying is the same for this recipe as it would be for watermelon pickles so I feel it is safe, but if you are not confident about it then you can store your batch in the refrigerator even after canning just to have peace of mind.

Watermelon Jelly Yield: 5 half pint jarsThis jelly can take up to a week to gel... patience is needed. 
You might also need a food thermometer.
Ingredients
5 C white sugar
5 T powdered pectin
6 …

What to can in July: Sixteen fresh fruits for canning in the month of July

So you can can, but the question is what can you can and when can you can it?  And how much can you can while you are canning?  You need a canning planner!  LOL.

Okay seriously though I want to start making an effort to post lists of what fruits are in season each month to help you with your home canning plan calendar. Since this blog focuses mainly on jelly, jam and fruit preserves I will try to stick to fruits and veggies that are used for these purposes. But remember, if I post something that seems weird to you as a jelly ingredient like corn or tomatoes... I have probably posted an oddball jelly, jam or chutney recipe that calls for that very fruit or vegetable because part of my goal is to collect unusual recipe ideas for us to try.

So with that here is my first list of what to can in July.

July is actually the beginning of canning boom time so this list is pretty long and depending on where you live, you may not have access to all of the items on it.  But hopefully there will be…

Green Tomato Marmalade: How to enjoy fresh garden tomatoes before harvest.

So you planted some tomatoes but you just can't wait for them to ripen. Here is a recipe to help you enjoy some garden fresh tomato flavor while you wait for the red. 

This recipe is also perfect in the fall when you know that first frost is coming but you still have green tomatoes on the vine. It will add some variety to your green tomato menu along side of your bread and butter green cherry tomato pickles and your fried green tomatoes.


Green Tomato Marmalade
Yield: 6-7 half pint jars
2 oranges1 lemon1 cup water4 pounds (about 9 cups) green tomatoes, cut into small pieces
5 cups sugar1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger
Instructions
 Remove the top layer of rind from the oranges and lemon with a vegetable peeler, being careful not to remove any of the bitter, white pith. Sliver the rind and set it aside while you segment the oranges and lemons.  Boil the slivered rind in 1 cup water for 5 minutes in a small saucepan. Drain and rinse.Core the green tomatoes, then cut them into small…