beginner canning

Pickled Celery

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If you haven’t gotten the hint, it’s ALL about Bloody Mary’s this week! Why? Because this weekend we’re launching our first ever Bloody Mary kit filled with everything you need for a perfect Bloody Mary! (Ok, except for the vodka, because laws and such.) But seriously, we’ve got the most delicious mix by Walker Feed Co, two pickles by us, and infused sea salts by Florida Pure Sea Salts!

In the spirit of this savory cocktail, and the fact that farm grown celery is gorgeous right now (we get ours from Little Pond Farm), we’re pickling celery! Because what is a Bloody Mary without some celery? And even better, one you actually want to munch on!

Tangy, spicy, and crunchy, you’ll be finding as many ways as you can to use these pickled celery stalks. A side to your buffalo wings, anyone? You just add spices to a jars, prep and cut celery, pour in some brine and you’re done! It’s that simple. Speaking of prepping celery, did you see our #urbantips from a few weeks ago? We gave you a delicious recipe for celery leaf pesto. So with just one veggie from the farmer’s market, you get two recipes and ZERO waste. Let’s get this canning party started!

PICKLED CELERY

Makes 2 pint jars (this recipe can be multiplied or halved to make more or less jars)

Ingredients:
• 1 bunch of fresh celery cut to fit jars

In each jar:
• 1 tsp mustard seeds
• 1 tsp black peppercorn
• 1/4 tsp chili flakes
• 2 dried chili flakes
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 thin lemon slice to top jar at the end

For the brine:
• 1 cup white vinegar
• 1 cup water
• 1 tbsp pickle salt
• 1/2 tbsp sugar

Instructions for canning (see below for Quick Fridge Pickle Recipe):

1. Fill your canner about 3/4 full of water and place it on the back of your stove. Allow it to come to a boil.

2. Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water by hand. Place lids and rings on a dish towel on your counter or table.

3. Mix all brine ingredients listed above into a non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a boil.

4. While waiting, prep celery. Cut the tops and bottom off, and cut to fit jars.

5. Once brine comes to a boil take it off the stove and stir for a minute.

6. Place the canning funnel on your first jar and ladle in brine leaving a 1 inch headspace. (1 inch headspace is the last line of the thread at the neck of the jar). Fill all jars this way. - Top each jar with a slice of lemon

7. With a damp cloth or paper towel wipe the rim of each jar.

8. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight. You don't have to crank it down hard, just snug.

9. Once your hot water bath canner is at a full rolling boil, using canning tongs add jars to the canning rack then submerge canning rack into the pot.

10. Check and make sure there is at least 2 inches of water over the tops of the jars and that the water is at a full rolling boil.

11. Put lid on and process jars for 10 minutes.

12. When your timer is up remove lid and using jar lifter take the jar out of the canner and place them onto the dish towel to cool overnight.

13. The next day check to make sure that the lids are sealed. Date jars and store in a cool dry place. If you have any lids that don't seal place in fridge for immediate use.

Quick Fridge Pickle Version:

Follow all instructions above from steps 2 to 8, then:

  1. Allow to cool over night on the counter. 

  2. Refrigerate next day. Allow to cure in the fridge for 2-4 weeks for maximum spice diffusion. 


Are you intimidated by the canning process? We don't want you to be! Canning is a preservation method used for hundreds of years, and we want you to feel confident doing it at home! We teach how to pickle, can, and jam in our workshops. Click here to find a class!

Strawberry Habanero Salsa

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Is anyone getting sick of strawberries yet? No? GOOD. We never tire of these juicy babes, and we never tire of new ways to use them, like preserving them so we can enjoy them for the rest of the year! You may remember that we came up with a peach salsa last summer, so we thought a strawberry winter salsa with some habanero heat was the best way to bring some warmth to the cooler days we get!

Our favorite supplies:
Canner with canning rack
Jar Lifter
Canning Scoop
Canning Funnel


Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

Makes about 3 pint jars

  • 4 cups of diced strawberries

  • 1 yellow pepper diced

  • 1 green pepper diced

  • 1 red onion diced

  • 1/2 habanero diced - deseed for less heat
    *for a lot less heat, you can use 2 jalapeños*

  • 2 cloves of garlic diced

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro diced

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 4 tb brown sugar

  • 1 tsp salt from Florida Pure Sea Salt

Instructions:

  1. Fill your canner about 3/4 full of water and place it on the back of your stove. Allow it to come to a boil.

  2. Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water by hand. Place lids and rings on a dish towel on your counter or table.

  3. Mix all ingredients listed above into a non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a boil. *NOTE: Wear gloves when handling habanero peppers because they will burn much worse than jalapeños.

  4. Once it's boiling bring the mixture down to a simmer and allow it to simmer, stirring it frequently, for 10 minutes.

  5. Place canning funnel onto your jars and ladle in salsa mixture leaving 1 inch head space. 1 inch is the bottom thread on the neck of the jar from the top. With a damp cloth or paper towel, wipe the rim and thread of each jar.

  6. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight.

  7. Once your hot water bath canner is at a full rolling boil, using canning tongs add jars to the canning rack then submerge canning rack into the pot.

  8. Check and make sure there is at least 2 inches of water over the tops of the jars and that the water is at a full rolling boil.

  9. Put lid on and process jars for 15 minutes.

  10. When your timer is up remove lid and using jar lifter take jars out of the canner and place them onto the dish towel to cool overnight.

  11. Next day check to make sure that the lids are sealed. Date jars and store in a cool dry place. If you have any lids that don't seal place in fridge for immediate use.

Are you intimidated by the canning process? We don't want you to be! Canning is a preservation method used for hundreds of years, and we want you to feel confident doing it at home! We teach how to pickle, can, and jam in our workshops. Click here to find a class!


Do you have any questions about the canning instructions, or need help troubleshooting? Leave your question in the comments, or message us on Instagram!

Sweet + Sour Pickled Onion Recipe

We get asked about pickled red onions ALL THE TIME. And you know what? We love ‘em! It’s just not something we’ll be adding to our line up anytime soon.

So we wanted to start the new year off with a delicious and easy beginner Sweet + Sour Pickled Onion recipe (adapted from Food in Jars) you can do at home, even if you don’t have a canner! With a hint of heat, a touch of sweet and plenty of vinegar sour, you’re going to keep these stocked in your pantry or fridge.

If you’re new to the world of pickled red onions, you might be wondering what you do with them. Let us tell you, the options are endless. But here’s a few to get your taste buds going:

  • on top of your eggs with avocado and toast

  • on top of a southwestern or bacon burger

  • on top of any taco

  • top a salad for extra zest

  • chop them up and add to your guac

  • add to a pulled pork sandwich

  • roasted with green beans or brussels sprout

Have we convinced you to pick up a new hobby and get to canning yet? Let’s do it!

Sweet and Sour Pickled Red Onions

Adapted from Food In Jars

This recipe is for 1 jar and can be multiplied.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to small red onion thinly sliced

    For brine:

  • 1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 TB water

  • 2 Tb sugar

  • 1/2 Tb pickling salt

    For each jar:

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tsp whole black pepper

  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds

  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions for canning (see below for Quick Fridge Pickle Recipe):

  1. Fill your canner about 3/4 full of water and place it on the back of your stove. Allow it to come to a boil.

  2. Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water by hand. Place lids and rings on a dish towel on your counter or table.

  3. Mix all brine ingredients listed above into a non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a boil.

  4. While waiting, add spices into each jar. Then take a canning funnel and tightly pack the onions into the jar.

  5. Once brine comes to a boil take it off the stove and stir for a minute. 

  6. Place the canning funnel on your first jar and ladle in brine leaving a 1 inch headspace. (1 inch headspace is the last line of the thread at the neck of the jar). Fill all jars this way.

  7. With a damp cloth or paper towel wipe the rim of each jar.

  8. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight. You don't have to crank it down hard, just snug.

  9. Once your hot water bath canner is at a full rolling boil, using canning tongs add jars to the canning rack then submerge canning rack into the pot.

  10. Check and make sure there is at least 2 inches of water over the tops of the jars and that the water is at a full rolling boil. 

  11. Put lid on and process jars for 10 minutes.

  12. When your timer is up remove lid and using jar lifter take jars out of the canner and place them onto the dish towel to cool overnight. 

  13. Next day check to make sure that the lids are sealed. Date jars and store in a cool dry place. If you have any lids that don't seal place in fridge for immediate use.

Quick Fridge Pickle Recipe:

  1. Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water by hand. Place lids and rings on a dish towel on your counter or table.

  2. Mix all brine ingredients listed above into a non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a boil.

  3. While waiting, add spices into each jar. Then take a canning funnel and tightly pack the onions into the jar.

  4. Once brine comes to a boil take it off the stove and stir for a minute. 

  5. Place the canning funnel on your first jar and ladle in brine leaving a 1/2 inch headspace.

  6. With a damp cloth or paper towel wipe the rim of each jar.

  7. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight. You don't have to crank it down hard, just snug.

  8. Allow to cool over night on the counter. 

  9. Refrigerate next day. They can be eaten next day, but allow to cure for 2-4 weeks for maximum spice diffusion. 


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Peach Jalapeño Salsa

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All this rain and hot, HUMID, heat has been making our founder Illene, and marketing manager, Rachel crave their favorite snack-turned dinner: Chips, Salsa + Margaritas!! I mean is there anything better than munching on fresh chips and summery salsa while sipping a cold, tart Margarita? If you ask Rachel, she'd say hell no! 

So we decided to come up with a summery salsa that we can preserve and take into the cooler months when we wanna warm back up. And that's when Peach Jalapeño Salsa was born. We decided to use peaches, because it's the most summery, sweet fruit that also pairs with savory so nicely. Peaches are in peak season at the moment, and we used peaches from our friends at The Peach Truck. If you haven't heard of them you're definitely missing out on the best peaches from Georgia. Although they're based in Nashville, they ship all over the country. (You might even catch them on tour too!)

Ok, so we're here to teach you how to can this sweet, savory, and spicy salsa from the comfort of your home! Don't worry, it's not as hard or as scary as most people think. You just need a few supplies, the ability to follow instructions, and you're set up for success!

Our favorite supplies:
Canner with canning rack
Jar Lifter
Canning Scoop
Canning Funnel


Peach Jalapeño Salsa

Makes about 3 pint jars

  • 4 cups of dices peaches from The Peach Truck

  • 1 yellow pepper diced

  • 1 red pepper diced

  • 1 red onion diced

  • 2 jalapeños diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic diced

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro diced

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tb honey

  • 1 tsp salt from Florida Pure Sea Salt

Instructions:

  1. Fill your canner about 3/4 full of water and place it on the back of your stove. Allow it to come to a boil.

  2. Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water by hand. Place lids and rings on a dish towel on your counter or table.

  3. Mix all ingredients listed above into a non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a boil.

  4. Once it's boiling bring the mixture down to a simmer and allow it to simmer, stirring it frequently, for 10 minutes.

  5. Place canning funnel onto your jars and ladle in salsa mixture leaving 1 inch head space. 1 inch is the bottom thread on the neck of the jar from the top. With a damp cloth or paper towel, wipe the rim and thread of each jar.

  6. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight.

  7. Once your hot water bath canner is at a full rolling boil, using canning tongs add jars to the canning rack then submerge canning rack into the pot.

  8. Check and make sure there is at least 2 inches of water over the tops of the jars and that the water is at a full rolling boil.

  9. Put lid on and process jars for 15 minutes.

  10. When your timer is up remove lid and using jar lifter take jars out of the canner and place them onto the dish towel to cool overnight.

  11. Next day check to make sure that the lids are sealed. Date jars and store in a cool dry place. If you have any lids that don't seal place in fridge for immediate use.

Are you intimidated by the canning process? We don't want you to be! Canning is a preservation method used for hundreds of years, and we want you to feel confident doing it at home! We teach how to pickle, can, and jam in our workshops. Click here to find a class!

Happy chips and salsa eating + margarita sipping! xoxo


Do you have any questions about the canning instructions, or need help troubleshooting? Leave your question in the comments, or message us on Instagram!