I know I have not been posting enough lately and for that I do apologize. I hope in the meantime you’ve found some inspiration through my many cooking adventures here.
Today I wanted to share a bit of my love of home canning. Every year we grow a large garden and I stay extremely busy either freezing or canning that garden. Even though it’s more work, I love a good home canned product. Right from the onset though, I would strongly advise that all home canned goods should be from tested approved recipes where you will find them either from Bernardin, Ball or the National Center for Home Food Preservation. All three are easily found on line. Ball and Bernardin are one and the same (Bernardin is the Canadian branch of Ball) and they have some excellent book available to buy.
Home canning like our grandmothers did, are not safe methods and today we know better. Not only is botulism a huge risk but other bacterial and viral illnesses are as well. You might say my great granny never killed anyone, but we can’t know that for certain as many illnesses that cause death are in fact food borne. This is something I see as fact and do not debate.
If you are interested in safe home canning, you might like to check out a face book page called Safe Canning by the Book on Debbie’s Back Porch. There are others, but please don’t go to any rebel groups or groups that never use safety practices no matter what they say. Imagine your child or loved one with 10 days of diarrhea…
Anyway, here is my latest canning fun:
Chili con carne from the national Center for home food preservation
http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_05/chili_con_carne.html . We absolutely love this recipe! One thing you’ve got to try, make your favorite macaroni and cheese and gently stir a jar of this in, heat through and you will not believe the flavor! It’s like where have you been all my life?
I’ve doubled the recipe which gave me 17.5 pints (500 ml) jars.
Hope you enjoyed this and thank you for visiting! ~Leasa
Footnote: even if you don’t can it, try the mac and cheese idea with any chili con carne! A fabulous taste sensation!