On our recent grocery trip, I ran across some great markdowns in the produce department. Mushrooms were marked down to $1.05 per 10 oz. package and bananas were marked down to 29 cents a pound averaging a little over $1 per bag. I bought 11 packs of mushrooms and 6 bags of bananas. Once home, I figured that I could just can the mushrooms. It was easy once I learned. In order to can mushrooms all you do is clean your mushrooms and trim off the end of the stems. Soak the mushrooms in cold water for 10 minutes and then rinse them well. Place them in a pan of water and boil them for 15 minutes. In the mean time, prepare your canning jars and lids in a pot of water. Place the jars on the counter and fill them with mushrooms, the same water in which you boiled them in, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt per pint jar filling them to 1/2 head space. Screw on the lids. Place the jars in a pressure canner and cook for 45 minutes. I did not have a pressure canner, so I just placed a rack at the bottom of my water bath canner, filled the pot to about 2 inches above the jars, and boiled it for 45 minutes. When finished, place the jars on the counter and let it sit still overnight. In the morning, it is okay to remove the ring while making sure your jar is sealed and place them on the shelf for future use.
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