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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames

Blueberries in syrup, en route to canning jars. We picked 9 quarts for canning this weekend; I made pie filling with 4 of them, and the rest I canned in light syrup, 1/4 cup of sugar per quart of berries. All told today: 3 quarts +1 cup of pie filling, and 7+ pints of berries in jars. I'll make blueberry butter next weekend, and freeze a gallon or two of berries, and the rest we'll eat fresh, or give away, or use in fancy desserts. ;o)

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I'll put the cheat codes in a comment to prevent this app from crashing.

AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames
I just posted separately a cheat code for those of you who pick your own berries of any kind: http://food52.com/not-recipes...
AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames
Cheat codes are the same as last week:

Not so much a cheat code as common sense for making a project like this much easier. Think ahead and break down your prep tasks so that once you’re ready to start cooking and canning, everything is all ready. For example, the evening before, I checked to confirm that I had enough sugar, and new lids for my Mason jars; I got out all of my canning tools, and set up almost as if I were having a dinner party. I put the canning lids into the small saucepan I use for heating them; I rounded up and washed jars in the dishwasher and put them all on towel-lined trays. (I kept the jars warm at 200 degrees in the oven while the berries were cooking and the water was boiling.) I measured the sugar for my first batch. Etc.

Speaking of towels: Berries stain. I keep some old cotton dinner napkins in dark green and blue, and an old dark teal and purple tea towel, just to use when canning berries. I rinse them out thoroughly while washing up.

Another cheat code: Consider getting a standard Mauviel preserves pan. I can cook 8 quarts of berries in mine!

I find that using 2 large stock / pasta pots for processing is far more efficient than using my enormous canning pot. ;o)