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Canning Tomatoes Like Grandma

Putting up tomatoes reminds me of my grandmother’s seasonal chores that put food on the shelves year after year.  As long as she was able, she preserved a good portion of what grew in the garden and made it last. My Largest Pick So Far The late summer has been a plentiful time for our […]

Continue Reading By on August 18, 2012 in gardening, preserving

5 Tips for Beginning Canning

Canning jelly and grape juice was so sweet and simple that I got brave enough to try tomatoes the next time.  Our small garden yields haven’t been enough to can, so I purchased a box of organic tomatoes from the UT Farmers Market.  They were a mix of various heirloom varieties.  I remembered from Canning […]

Continue Reading By on August 31, 2011 in canning, eating better, food preservation, fresh, frugal, garden, preserving, thrifty

Canning College: Part 3

Karen Savino, TNCEP Educator Heather Guinn, County Director Instructor Heather Guinn began our Canning College with this clear precaution statement, “It’s really important that we follow our instructions to the letter.”  Over the course of two evenings, our groups of adult students would work together to sterilize jars and lids, blanch fruits, chop, process and […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2011 in eating better, food preservation, frugal, garden, thrifty

Canning College: Part 2

Amy and Matthew Spangler had already tried preserving some food at home before attending their local extension service Canning College.  Amy grew up understanding how gardening and canning worked.  But, Matthew finally decided he needed to learn, as she explained, “Because I’m a country girl and he was a displaced city boy.” She was proud […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2011 in eating better, food, garden, local, organic, sustainable, with our own hands

Farm Market Canning Demonstrations

Think you’re just too busy to preserve any of the summer’s fresh foods yourself?  Or concerned that it’s too complicated?  Casey Littell says if you can boil water, use a timer and follow basic directions, you’re ready to start canning. Littell volunteers on behalf of Slow Food Knoxville to teach canning techniques at her local […]

Continue Reading By on June 16, 2011 in eating better, farm, food, fresh, garden, local, summer