Monday, September 06, 2010

Canning - odds and ends


When I am done with a particular canning project, the last thing I want to think about is the label.   But getting it done is important....nothing worse than opening up a jar of crab apple butter to find out it is salsa, etc.  Plus, it's super east to grab a jar off the shelf for a quick potluck dish to pass or a hostess gift when it is already labeled.  At a loss for inspiration for clever and cute jam labels?  Check out Martha Stewart' Jam Labels

  • These labels from Martha were originally for maple syrup, but are very cute and could be used for canning, too. More MSL labels -  vintage looking box labels that can be used for canning
  • From, there are several styles of canning labels here.
  • Some labels from HP can be found here

Weights and measures

I am always looking for approximately how many peppers are in a pound or how many pounds chopped are in a cup, etc. when I am shopping for a canning recipe.  Here is the helpful chart that is featured in the back of my favorite canning book, the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving by Judi Kingry and Laurie Devine.   When using this Produce Purchase Guide,  note that actual yields will vary based on size of the items and preparation techniques. 

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