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Home Canning Stygma
Wed 15-Dec-10
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Michelle from Oregon
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I had said before that in America there is a very negative/panic filled reaction to home canned goods. I found an article that pretty much sums it up.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40609499/ns/health-die.....?GT1=43001

They do have good points about new caners that really have no idea what they are doing, but come on people! Use some common sense! aargh

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Wed 15-Dec-10
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well that about sums up how I thought Americans thought!!  Excepting the lovely people on here of course!!  How sad to get sooo worried !eeek

Wed 15-Dec-10
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Good point about meddling with a recipe, though: I'm an inveterate recipe-tweaker, and often cut back on the sugar in pickles and chutneys as I don't have a particularly sweet tooth - and sugar is a preservative.  Still got plenty of salt and vinegar in 'em though, so have all been ok so far...

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Wed 15-Dec-10
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shelley said:

well that about sums up how I thought Americans thought!!  Excepting the lovely people on here of course!!  How sad to get sooo worried !eeek


 

LOL! Thanks Shelly! Josie is a good, sensable soul too.

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Wed 15-Dec-10
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Just have to eat all the pickled sprouts yourself then , big_laugh  runaway

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Wed 15-Dec-10
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seth said:

Just have to eat all the pickled sprouts yourself then , big_laugh  runaway


 

You know, somebody pointed out the other day that pickled sprouts would be great in a Bloody Mary!

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Thu 16-Dec-10
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flaming_nora That's what I think of that idea Michelle!

I'll try that again!

Fri 24-Dec-10
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Interesting article, Michelle. I guess we all have food horror stories regardless of homemade disasters.

It mentioned that somebody took a canning master class. I wonder is there one available online. Even allowing for regulatory differences in our countries, the basics must be the same.

Anyway, I was surprised because we have always thought that you Americans are far more into canning and so on than us in the 'old countries' because you guys are only a few generations since the pioneering days. And those homesteading traditions are much stronger for you.

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I'm with Danny on this. I always thought home canning was more popular in the USA - most of the websites selling stuff are american and i've seen it mentioned in more american films and tv.

Personally, my only dabbling with home preserving has been freezing veg and making the occasional chutney.

BTW, is it always called canning even if it goes into a jar? I've found that a bit confusing.

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bobquail said:

BTW, is it always called canning even if it goes into a jar? I've found that a bit confusing.


 

It is and it's what we call bottling.  I agree that it becomes confusing.  Have you had your festive meal yet Mike?

I'll try that again!

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We decided to have our big meal at lunchtime - turkey with nearly all the trimmings. Sweet potatoes instead of roast spuds cos Emma isn't a big fan of potatoes. No parsnips this time because we thought there was enough other veg. It was a huge plateful but for some strange reason I'm starting to feel hungry again wink

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Sat 25-Dec-10
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Go for it - it's Christmas!big_laugh

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Sun 26-Dec-10
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Danny said:  

Anyway, I was surprised because we have always thought that you Americans are far more into canning and so on than us in the 'old countries' because you guys are only a few generations since the pioneering days. And those homesteading traditions are much stronger for you.


 bobquail said:

I'm with Danny on this. I always thought home canning was more popular in the USA - most of the websites selling stuff are american and i've seen it mentioned in more american films and tv.


 Well, yes and no. Putting up food for your own consumption......yeah. Thats one thing.

But giving it as gifts? Unless you trust the person who gave it to you to know what they are doing, you usually get the evil eye (in my experence).

And selling it? Absolutely not. You have to have a commercial kitchen, you have to go through all sorts of classes on food handleing and safety. Its a nightmare.

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Home canning can be good , but like so many things can add up to a real expense initially , bit like the Jamie Oliver 30 Minute Meal fiasco after all you just need to buy the right equipment he says if you shop around it shouldnt be more than £300 !!!. lol...thats nearly  half our months income . Theres so much real poverty around at the moment that people just seem to not see or turn a blind eye to , i visit a local Emanual Christian Church in Lincoln and the numbers visiting their food bank have increased in droves in the last year , not benefits scroungers as most would think , its often families left with no income by the maladministration of the benefits system , the self employed with no income and those who just dont tick the right boxes of our wonderful benefits system , im visiting homes like mine who cant afford heating where everybodys in work , but there jobs are low paid and travelling costs eat most of their wages , youve no idea how depressing it is seeing a row of small children tucked in a sleeping bag all day . Its very easy not to notice these things

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