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Daring Cooks September 2010|Canning!

First, the important bits of business:

The September 2010 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by John of Eat4Fun. John chose to challenge The Daring Cooks to learn about food preservation, mainly in the form of canning and freezing. He challenged everyone to make a recipe and preserve it. John’s source for food preservation information was from The National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Yes!  At last!  I learned how to can stuff!

Challenges like this are hands down the best part of Darning Cooks.  I have been wanting to learn how to can food forever.  Have I made the time?  No.  But give me a couple of days off between terms and a DC challenge and it’s off to the races with me.  If by “the races” you mean “WalMart to buy jars” and the “local market to buy fresh produce”…

Canning is incredibly easy.  It’s labor-intensive, to be sure, but it’s not at all hard to do.  And when you have such detailed, clear and easy-to-follow instructions provided by a supportive and incredibly accessible host, all the ideas of spoiling next Christmas with little gifts of botulism melt away into the confidence that you know your great great grandmother must have had as she put up the last of summer’s peaches for her family to feast on as a holiday treat.

A million thanks to John and all the other DCs who, as always, floored me with their creativity and generosity of time and expertise.  I am ever amazed at all you do, and all you give.  That’s all I have time for this post, but until the next one…



  1. I am dying to start canning! I feel a little more at ease now hearing that it easier then it might initially appear 🙂
    Susan: My Food Obsession´s last blog post ..Mangomisu with Raspberry Sauce

  2. Kathlyn says:

    It’s so much easier than it seems. I encourage you to try it – although you’ll want to start canning everything!

  3. Diana says:

    It’s like he was a natural Alpha, but watend earn it.That’s not uncommon among alphas. Things come easy to them, so they know on some level that they haven’t earned it and some of them want to feel that they have. They have real self-confidence, but because it is externally derived and based on other people’s behavior, they have to continue feeding it. Think about how every rich and powerful senator flirts with the idea of running for president.Nate, any thoughts on this?

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