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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Canning Mushrooms

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.

If you want to know more about canning, I would highly suggest buying Homestead Blessings:The Art of Canning.  I just purchased the complete set of Homestead Blessings through Vision Forum and received them yesterday.  I have since watched 2 and highly recommend them.  If you want to know more about Homestead Blessings here is their website: http://www.homestead-blessings.com/

7 comments:

Roan said...

I have never canned anything, but I really want to try it this summer. My older girls have put in a small garden, so I may have something to can! Where do you buy the canning pot? Or whatever you call it? I need to buy the resources your mentioned!
Have a great day!

I am blessed! said...

We'll have to check out this series. I'm beginning to blog about our efforts in this area.

Debbie said...

Roan and Celee,
I found the canning pot at a yard sale. Canning jars I purchased at the store, but will be looking at yard sales for them also. Pressure canner- I will look for one on e-bay or at yard sales. Our town has a huge weekend coming up Memorial Day weekend in which they have a town wide yard sale and I will just ask around until I find what I need. Last year I was in desperate need of a double stroller and a high chair. I asked and someone pulled it out of storage all dirty and said that I could have it for free. It cleaned up beautifully and looks like new! The double stroller was also almost new and had a great price. This is all still new to me and as I learn more, I will write about it all. The Homestead Blessing DVS"s are a must!!!! I am just loving them.

RattButt said...

You have got to be kidding me! We LOVE mushrooms and I've never thought of canning them. You can bet I'll be trying this out soon.

Julie said...

Because I know you personally I can make a snarky comment :). You go girl! Good for you--I will NEVER do this! Wait a minute...I also said I'd never be a pastor's wife or homeschool...maybe I should be more careful what i say? :)

Debbie said...

Julie, never is a strong word. You can say that you do not like mushrooms, which is true. I also said that I would never go to NY because of the cold and here I am.

Debbie said...

RattButt,
I am so glad that I could be of help to you. I, too, had no clue so I called until I found someone to help me. I was not going to pass up a great deal on mushrooms. BTW- what is your real name?