Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: canning help for winter camp outs.
Re: canning help for winter camp outs.
Mon, 16 Aug 1999 22:54:22 -0400
Don't can for anyone but yourself is probably good advice. Glass jars
present some logistical problems as anyone who has done pickup on Scouting
for Food day can attest. Personally I wish there was a merit badge for
canning. I could be a councilor for that one. I've managed to have every
disaster occur that is possible including exploding jars and cracking a
half inch plate glass table top with jars of hot tomatoes that did not
improve the color of the carpet beneath. If you are going to can a meat
sauce you will need a pressure cooker set at 15 lb. for 60 minutes or a 180
minutes in a hot water bath. Any recipe for stew, pot roast, chilli, or
beans will work. BTW, beans need 40-55 minutes at 10 lb. It won't pay to
can a little bit for a trip. My grandfather killed a steer every fall and
he and grandma canned it. The best directions can be had from the people
who make the jars. Get an address off the boxes of lids. They won't tell
you how to avoid exploding jars and cracked plate glass table tops though.
I replaced the glass top with half inch acrylic that can't be broken with a
nine pound hammer. My seven year old Cub Scout tested it.
Pack/Troop 177, Marshall, VA