Growing And Canning Your Own Vegetables!
Growing your vegetables
If you have enough room to grow your own vegetables in your yard, it is something you should try to do. There are several reasons that growing your own vegetables is important. One is the fact that growing your own vegetables is that they have more nutrition then the canned vegetables, then the ones you buy in any store. Another is they taste a lot better. If you have enough room in your yard, take a taste test! This will prove the vegetables you grow in your own yard taste a lot better, then the ones you buy in a can.
There are several ways to keep small animals from eating the vegetables you have in your garden. One of them is to buy a bottle of a product that smells like cat urine. There are several products you can find on different websites, this kind of product is expensive, but I am not sure how effective it is.
Another, if you have a cat, is to take used kitty litter and spread around your garden. Keep it one foot away from the vegetables. It will keep the small animals away, and will not effect the vegetables, because it is too far away from them.
Preparing Your Vegetables For Canning
This was a good year in Ohio for growing Vegetables. When it came to green beans we weighed them and had over 36 pounds. After that, we stopped weighing them. Ohio had a lot of rain and sun shine, so growing vegetables in Ohio was fantastic this year.
Preparing your vegetables for canning is very important! If you do not prepare your vegetables for canning, they are worthless. No one should eat any vegetable that has not been prepared for canning.
What I do in terms of washing vegetables, is first I take them outside in a large bowl and spray water into the bowl until the water comes out clean. A lot of dirt comes out of the bowl. Sometimes the bowl gets full, if the bowl gets full, dump out the water and spray it out again. Repeat this process until the water that is coming out of the bowl in clean.
After the the water, that comes out of the bowl is clean take the bowl into your house and place it into your sink. And clean your vegetables a second time. Take each vegetable and run water from the sink over it, at the same time run your hands up and down the vegetable. Since we have grown so many beans, running my hands to make sure the beans are clean has become a habit. This is important because spraying beans does not remove all the dirt that is on the beans.
After you have cleaned your vegetables, look at them carefully. Make sure no dirt is left on the vegetable. No one should ever eat a dirty vegetable! It is gross, and really yucky.
Canning Your Vegetables
Since this hub is about beans, it will focus on the process for the canning importance of canning beans. The author of this hub has canned not only beans, but corn, carrots, peas, carrots, potatoes, stews, soups, and chili. I love to can a lot, not sure why, but it is something that is not only fun but, very good in terms of nutrition.
When it comes to canning beans make sure you use a pressure cooker. This is very important. A pressure cooker will kill of the germs that are on the beans that you can. In fact, a pressure cooker will kill all the germs on any vegetable.
When it comes to canning beans in the pressure cooker, you can put you beans into clean canning jar. You need to use a new canning lid. After that put water into the clean water jar, make sure the water you put into the canning jar covers the beans. You need to have enough water, because the beans need the water in order to be canned properly.
Next, put the beans into the pressure cooker, also make sure that enough water is put into the pressure cooker. The amount of water should cover the canning jars.
When it comes to canning beans, the pressure used for canning beans needs to be ten pounds, and they need to be canned for twenty minutes.
After you beans, or any other vegetables are canned, you can take them out of the pressure cooker. The top of the canning jar, before you can, is sort of curved up. After you have canned the vegetables, the top of the canning jar should pop down. This means that the vegetables you have canned have been canned properly and are safe to eat. If the top of the canning jar ever pops up, do not eat the vegetables inside! The vegetables are no longer safe.
There is a lot you can do with vegetable that have been properly canned, if you have canned a lot of them. You can put on a pretty bow, and give them as a gift, to a friend. Well,if they taste good. You can bring them a to dinner you have been invited to, or just give them to a few friends for no reason at all. You can add then to stew, or soup, or just eat them as a side dish for dinner.
I have been canning for a few years now, for some reason I love to can. Hope you have enjoyed this hub!
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