Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Vintage Canning...

Last year, I finally learned to can!

It was a huge deal for me since I was given a boiling water bath canner as a wedding present and hadn't ever taken it out of the box. We had moved it with us across several states...for more than 17 YEARS.

Canning was always something grandmas and well, "those moms" did. Not the perfect moms. The homeschooling moms whose children would never be socialized because all they did for school was clean house, work the family farm, and read to their children from trashy romance novels.

Yeah, I was pretty ignorant about homeschooling, too LOL

Now that I've been enlightened, I've embraced the whole "retro frugal" mom thing. Ok, there might not actually be a retro frugal mom thing, but there ought to be. Starting right ...


On a recent thrift store excursion, I found this vintage Southern Living Canning and Preserving Cookbook. It was published AFTER I was born, so maybe it should be a Vintage Frugal Mom thing since I'm more than 25.

published in 1975

There's one big difference between this cookbook and the standard Bell canning book. . . This one recommends inversion canning for jams and jellies. Heck, it doesn't even mention inverting for jelly.

Inversion canning is basically when you get your lids and rings on really fast, then flip the jars over and the heat from whatever you're canning will set the ring on the lids. Then, we learned about germs and botulism, and now everything gets a boiling water bath. A few people still use inversion canning for jams and jellies, but the USDA says its naughty.

So, me being the rebel that I am, I decided to try it.

My test run of jars didn't seal so I had to do a boiling water bath anyway.

And, I also wasn't very good about skimming the foam:

Round two, I decided to make sure I got all the foam so I could have pretty jelly. Because we all know how important it is in life to make sure the jelly is pretty.

Oh My Gosh! What a difference skimming makes!

I admit it. I did a happy dance. It did make me feel better about myself and my mad homemaking skillz to have pretty jelly.

I know it's not perfectly see through, but that's because, as I mentioned before, I'm a rebel...and I didn't make fruit juice by boiling fruit and water. I used 3 1/2 cups of juiced fruit with no water added. It's thicker by nature and not clear. Peeling the peaches made no difference in the color of the juice.

We're down a full pint-sized jar in two days.

Peach Jelly

3 1/2 lb ripe peaches
1 box powdered pectin or 6 T pectin
4 1/2 C sugar

Juice peaches in a good juicer until you have about 3 1/2 C. Place in a large pot and add pectin. Cook and stir over high heat until it comes to a hard boil. Stir in sugar and bring to a rolling boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and skim foam. I used a ladle for this step.

Pour into sterilized jars immediately, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top.

Place on lids and rings, then process in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Test seal in 24 hours. Reprocess if necessary.

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  1. I love jams and jellies on english muffins with butter! Your peach jelly looks SO good! I bought my peach jam from the farmer's market and it is perfectly yummy! Congrats on learning to can! I do jam, salsa, pickles and beets. Angie xo

  2. Micky!! I have to try this! I have never canned anything.. but I so want to try!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  3. That's pretty cool and you are too funny. Love that. Anyway, I've done some canning in my time (I'm over 25) and we did peaches, too, but not jelly or jam. Last year I did blueberry and strawberry jam and wow... it was super good. So much better than store bought. Good for you!! Take care, Linda

  4. it looks and sounds wonderful!!! I just baked a bread and I wish I had some fresh made jelly to go with it!!! Yumm!!!

  5. We just finished canning tuna - what a job!

    Stopped in from Southern Lovely's Show and Tell.


  6. I've made peach jam before but never peach jelly. I just may have to give this a try! :D

  7. Beautiful! I agree the second batch looks much prettier. lol I am a total rebel and STILL do my jam by inverting the jars. I've never had a bad jar in the 15 years I've been making it. BUT, I have a post about it and I tell people to use the waterbath as suggested by the pectin company too just to be safe :) Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  8. Your jelly looks great, must taste good too since it's disappearing so quickly. I'm 25 with 32 years experience and I've never made peach jelly. When I was younger and could stand at the stove, etc. I canned, pressure canned, meat sauce, etc. Think I might try freezer jam, love peaches.

  9. It's the end of winter here and our peach tree has started blooming - I can't wait for some fruit to try this :) looks delcious

  10. Congrats on trying something new
    This is something that has such a sweet payoff too!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  11. you are too funny! :) They look good / yummy. I love peaches...I never seem to make ANYTHING with them though...too busy eating them fresh! It's hard to get good fresh local peaches on a regular basis around here...that must be why ( It can't be that I am too darned lazy? : )

    Visiting from Debbie Doos.....

  12. Your jelly is beautiful!..and yes a southern gal has to have pretty jelly...I'm visiting from Debbiedoo

  13. Yummy! I Could eat the whole jar. I would love for you to share this at Mom's Library!

  14. I featured you today!

  15. Yay! You were featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday. Thanks so much for partying with us :)

  16. Wow that is very pretty jelly. lol. How do I test the seal after I boil? Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library! I can't wait to try it.

  17. You've been featured! Thanks for linking up!! http://www.thevintagefarmhouse.com/2012/09/creative-things-thursday-and-features.html

  18. What yummy sounding jelly. I've never made peach jelly before. Wish i had some now....

  19. oooh it sounds yummy! and they both look pretty. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Yes that same one that went through all the hard work for whatever it is that she was doing!:) Great job!


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