Are you ready to start canning and preserving?
If you answered yes, we are here to help. Here are several canning and preserving resources that can help you as you begin to start your canning and preserving journey!
How to Test Jelly or Jam for the Setting Point
Are you ready to start canning and preserving at home? Well you can do it! First things first, you want to understand all of your steps and the materials needed to successfully can and preserve. One important point that you want to be sure you are aware of is when the jelly or jam is ready because no one wants runny jelly or jam. You can identify that your jelly is ready when it reaches the jelly or jam setting point. The National Center for Home Food Preservation identifies the jelly or jam setting point as 220°F.
- Bring jelly to a full, rolling boil that cannot be stirred down.
- Dip a spoon in the boiling jelly.
- As it nears the setting point, it will drop from the side of the spoon in two drops.
- When the drops run together and slide off in a sheet from the side of the spoon, the jelly is finished and should be removed from the heat immediately.
In addition, here is more information on other ways to test, including using a candy thermometer.
Canning Handout – Canning 101
Here is a Canning Class Handout – Final to get you started.
Chef Sandra’s 10 Canning Steps
Click here to access Chef Sandra’s 10 Canning Steps to help you get started.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Locations
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a great local resource for all canning and preserving related questions. Visit this resource for free materials and as an added bonus you can even have your pressure canners checked!
Reputable Canning and Preserving Resources
- National Center for Home Preservation – https://nchfp.uga.edu/
- The University of Georgia issues the book So Easy to Preserve, which everyone seems to agree is a highly-reputable source of recipes.
- The current Presto pressure canner manual is also considered reliable by top canning authorities. Half of its recipes are from Ball, and the other half, from the USDA Complete Guide.
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Happy Canning & Preserving!!