Canning 101: basics of water bath canning for homemade jam! – Part 1

This post has been a long time coming. I have started this so many times and it has taken me FOREVER to get it finished! But today is the day… get ready for the basics of water bath canning – Part 1! Wahoo!

Let’s begin with the supplies needed. You will need a large water bath canning pot with a rack like this one here. The pot is pictured below, with the rack inside.

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The rack helps to lift the hot jars in and out of the large pot. They often come together in a set, and you can get them lots of places (Target, Ace Hardware, etc.)

You will also need the supplies pictured below. You can get the blue canning utensils in a set from Ball here or at the stores listed above.
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The blue thing that looks like a zig zag is for measuring headspace when you fill the jars. The tongs are for lifting the hot jars out of the pot. The lid lifter has a magnet on the end so it’s easy to get the lids out of the water to seal the jars. And the funnel is for pouring in your hot jammy goodness into the mason jars!

I also like the measuring cups with the pour spout to scoop the jam out of the pot and fill the jars (these were given to me by my friend who first taught me to can jam!) Oh and don’t forget the mason jars!! I prefer the 1/2 pint jars for jam.

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You’ll need to wash these lids and jars in warm soapy water before canning so you can keep things clean!

And let’s not forget the fruit and your recipes. I love the book Canning for a New Generation, by Liana Krissoff because it has recipes with low sugar and uses other methods for natural pectin in fruits, so you don’t have to have pectin on hand.

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Now that we’ve got all the supplies, let’s get to making jam!!!

First, wash your lids and jars in hot soapy water, and fill your canning pot with water! You’ll want your jars to have 1 inch of water above them when they are processing, so you’ll need to fill it that much. Once its full, put it on the stove bring it to a boil.

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Put your jars aside on a towel and your lids and rings in a bowl while you prepare your jam and wait for the water to boil in the pot.  Then get out your fruit! Follow the recipe for making the jam, but for the most part, it will look a little like this…

Hull the strawberries | chop the fruit | mash the fruit | put in a pot and add sugar | bring to a boil

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And that’s where I’ll leave us for today. I’m sorry for stopping mid process, but if I don’t I will never get this out! Stay tuned on how to fill the jars and process in the water bath canner in Part 2!

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Mason jar gift ideas – homemade, edible gifts

Finally here in southern CA we have some wintery weather, and I am loving it! It really feels like the holiday season now and baking and decorating just feels so much more fun!!

It just dawned on me that this is our last week of work before Christmas, so if we plan on doing anything for co-workers, now is the time! Thankfully, I’ve had an idea in mind for months about what to do…but now I better get baking! 🙂 I have a sweet little idea for gifts using all the delicious jam I canned back in the summer. But I’ll save that for another post (in case any recipients are reading!!)

Today I’ll share with you last years gift! You know my thing with mason jars… and we had just gotten married, so we had a TON leftover from our decor. SO why not use them in our Christmas gifts! And I got the idea from a shower gift that a dear friend did for me too – see that post HERE. Chocolate chip cookies are a staple in our house so… we baked and baked and baked!
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You can do so many different types home made gifts in mason jars, all you need are the jars, lids, some sort of twine or ribbon (we used red and white striped bakers twine) tags, and a little krinkle paper!
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If you place the krinkle paper in the bottom of the jar it adds a little cushion so the cookies wont break. And make sure you make the cookies small enough to fit in the jar :). Other than that, all you have to do is bake, insert in the jars, put on the lid and decorate with the tag and ribbon!
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CHECK OUT these other great mason jar home made ideas too!!!
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HAPPY GIFTING!!

Fun times at the Holiday Hootenanny!

We had such a fun time with all the vendors at the Holiday Hootenanny last Saturday!  Katie and Faith of fox&bear did such a great job organizing the event, decorating and finding wonderful musicians! Thanks so much you two!!

It was our first time at loveinamasonjar to do an actual event, so we definitely learned a lot!  It’s a lot of work! Props to all of you who have a store or put up booths at different fairs!  Its hard to make sure you have enough items to sell, load everything up, set up shop, and then tear down after the whole day! I’m so thankful for my kind and patient husband who spent his whole day off helping me!  Here are some photos of the display.  I loved how it turned out!

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If you see anything you like, we have everything available in the ETSY shop now too!!

New Holiday Items – Sneak Peek!!

As I mentioned before, we are so excited to participate in the holiday craft fair event THIS SATURDAY at the Fuller Guest Center! The Holiday Hootenanny! We’ve been busy making some new holiday items and wanted to give you the first sneak peek!! Come by and check it out this weekend for lots more!!!

The Hootenanny is Coming!

LOVEINAMASONJAR will be participating in a craft fair this Saturday!  Lots of new holiday items!! YAY! Come check us out!!

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The Hootenanny is Coming!

We have a line up of some really great vendors that will be selling goods and treats! So excited for this to happen!

Check out a little sneaky peek of some of the friends we’ll have there:

Sabrina – Binas Blooms

Kyan – Love in a Mason Jar

Ashley – Let it Be Sweet

…and so much more : )

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