What to look for when Buying used Canning Jars

If you want to save money on home canning, one of the first things you will probably do is to try and find used canning jars. People who are just getting started with home canning may be put off by the price of new jars, so used jars can be a great alternative. However, used jars vary in quality, and good quality jars are necessary for canning food safely. Check for cracks When you find used jars, always look to see if there are cracks near the bottom or at the bottom of the jars. Cracks can be caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. For example, if a jar was cold and boiling water was poured into it, it may have cracked. Cracks are not always easy to see; take your time in examining the sides and the rim for any hairline cracks. Even these very thin cracks will make the jar unusable for canning. Use clean jars Check to […]

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How to Rescue a Failed Apple Pie

“As simple as Apple Pie” is a cruel misnomer as any novice cook can attest. An Apple pie is not simple or easy and even after all that peeling, slicing, rolling and fitting can go terribly wrong. But, to misquote Einstein, imagination is more important than culinary skills when it comes to creating a tasty dessert. Some imaginative solutions can save the desert in its original form as a pie such as replacing a burned top crust by removing it and replacing it with a crumb topping brown sugar, flour or oatmeal and a little a little vanilla cut into butter with a pastry cutter (or your hands if they are very, very clean). In fact, shortbread cookies, oatmeal cookies, stale muffins or anything sweet can serve as a crumb topping, mixed with some butter to give it holding power (“cut” into the butter as they say) and a few nuts can add a little something as well. This can […]