The safe Preservation of food has always been crucial
to Human survival. From the most remote periods of antiquity people
have sought methods to render food resistant to spoilage.
The preservation of food supplies was a
critical factor in the development of early civilization.
The inability to store foods from bountiful harvests, for
times of famine and drought led to the downfall of many
Pickling, smoking, drying, and salting are some of
the methods utilized. Preserves, such as Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, and Conserves are
the form of
canning this page deals with.
Jelly is a clear preserve from strained fruit juices
, generally with added sugar.
Jams are thick spreads, and are less firm than jelly. They are made
from crushed or chopped fruits with added sugar.
Marmalades are generally made from citrus fruits.
they are essentially soft jellies containing small pieces of fruit
Preserves are made from small, whole fruits or uniform-size pieces
in a clear, thick, slightly jellied syrup.
Conserves are jams made from a mixture of fruits,
nuts, raisins ,coconut...
with lids and bands. Jars, undamaged, can be re-used,
but the lids cannot .
A large pot for boiling the jars. A steam
pressure cooker may also be necessary.
A jar lifter for safely removing the hot jars from the
boiling water. It's special design securely grips around
lid wand that safely removes the lids from boiling
A funnel for easily pouring liquid into the mouth of the
A bubble spatula for removing air bubbles in the filled
Cheesecloth ,Jelly bag
and stand ,Colander
Jelly or candy thermometer .
Many of these items can be purchased
within Canning kits