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Alechia Neathery's profile photoK A Styles Mason Jars's profile photo
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I love the vintage masons, specially the blue ones! I like that square one, I dont have one of those! Ha ha. Im over flowing with mason jars and no square?! LOL
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Darlene B

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Candied kumquats, kumquat lavender shrub, and 3 different kumquat marmalades including tangerines from a friend's tree. Plus kumquat puree in the freezer.
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YUM!
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Darlene B

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Look what arrived from Amazon yesterday! :)
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Love the purple jars! 
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Darlene B

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I thought of you guys (and the pear chocolate jam I can't get enough of).
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Yum! 
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Lisa Reinhart

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Mason jar Etiquette...is there such a thing?
You bet! Here are a few tips and considerations!
If you're gifting your preserves:
~it's OK to ask for your jars back if you want them - some people put a little reminder label just in case there's any question.
~if you placed a ring back on for transport, remind your friends to remove them for storing.

If you've been so fortunate to be on the receiving end of some preserves of any kind in a #masonjar .
~ it is proper to return them to the giver (and usually appreciated!)
~ if you have other ideas on using the jar, it is OK to ask...most canning types wouldn't mind not getting it back if you were putting it to good use.
~ don't worry about the flat lid - since it can't be used for canning again, re-purpose it or recycle it.
~ consider adding a short note ...I love getting jars back from my mother in law - always a thoughtful little note about what she'd enjoyed from that jar.
#masonjargifts  
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I love the idea of giving a note about what you liked about the jar! 
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Question for anyone else who cans with one piece lids (I buy from Fillmore Container) and sends the results to friends/family/customers: Has anyone else had issues with seals failing while in transit? I sent my parents a box of jams a month or so ago and the next time I saw them they mentioned that one of the seals had failed while in transit. I asked and they said that it was one of the one piece lids.

I was wondering if it might have to do with changes in air pressure, but the package was only sent from New York to Massachusetts, so I'm not even sure if it would have had any air transport. Perhaps temperature fluctuations could have done something?

Just wondered if anyone else has experienced this and if you have any ways of preventing it. I'm sending jars of conserve to friends for Christmas -- some of whom live overseas -- and wouldn't want the jars to arrive open and unusable!
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Thanks for the responses! This was a waterbath canned jam. Ten minutes processing + a five minute rest before being removed from the water. The seals on the rest of the batch all seemed good, but it's harder to know with the one piece tops.
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last of the green tomatoes...tried a new recipe...green tomato salsa...ball canning recipe
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A friend asked if I wanted green tomatoes to can last season, I'd never had them so turned down the offer.  Can you post your  recipe?  I might try it next season thanks in advance!
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Does anyone have experience with making pepper sauces shelf stable? I'm familiar with the hot fill and hold method but I'm interested in doing some uncooked sauces and this obviously won't do.
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We'd recommend consulting the Food Preservation experts at NC University.  http://foodsafety.ncsu.edu/ . Because they are instrumental in helping people move from small scale operations to making their products commercially, they may able to offer processes outside of the "home canning" guidelines.
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Darlene B

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Any suggestions for lemons?  All I see on Marisa's recipe index is Meyer lemons.  I have about 3 dozen lemons picked from a friend's backyard (in FL). We don't have Meyer lemons.  Looking for ideas! After I make lemon bars and a lemon meringue pie, I'll still have a bunch left.
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I'd like to second Marissa's suggestion for preserved salted lemons.  She may have a recipe on the website or just google.  Not canned but will survive in 'frig for a year. 
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Ok I have to share that I was so intimidated by the weck jars i bought on a whim.  When I had to re-do the marmalade, I was able to test if the weck jar sealed the way it was supposed to - IT WAS THE COOLEST THING!!! that little whoosh when I pulled the tab was so rewarding.  
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It's pretty darn fun to open them up! 
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Darlene B

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I know some of you are still dealing with snow, but in Florida, it's spring! I see future pickles, salsa, and dilly beans. :)
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Love the dog!
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Darlene B

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When entering a contest, what category do you think a candied fruit (fruit suspended in syrup) would fall under? 

- Jellies, Jams, Preserves

or

- Fruits
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So, I guess they consider canned goods a "perishable", because I submitted a knitted shawl for judging today, but told me to bring back my canned items next Monday when perishables are due. Wha???? 
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WHY do I torture myself with marmalade? I don't even like citrus that much (gasp!), but those #kumquats were too hard to pass up.

I made candied kumquats... probably my favorite recipe because it was easy and the results were FANTASTIC. Little globes of happiness suspended in a sweet, spicy gel.

Then I made marmalade. And boo.  No set. Nada. 

So, why did I slave over the stove for an hour, diligently checking my thermometer, with the marmalade and it's like water... when my candied kumquats gelled up so nicely without even trying?

Boo.  
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If the two-step boil works for you, there's no reason why it can't be part of your regular marmalade making routine! 
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Darlene B

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Here we go!
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I bought a 10 pound box at the Kumquat Festival in Dade City, FL on Saturday. I have some recipes ready to try. Already started these last night: 
https://food52.com/recipes/9182-kumquat-smoothie-jam
http://localkitchenblog.com/2012/02/22/spicy-candied-kumquats/ (without the peppers, but with sweet spices added)
Plus I made about 3 cups of puree last night for future breads/ muffins/ ice cream.
Also looking at making a marmalade using kumquats paired with a neighbor's tangerines. 
I made this the last time I had a box and it was delicious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Kumquat-Cardamom-Tea-Bread-233133
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Darlene B

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Kumquat Festival in Dade City, FL. Bringing home a 10 # box!
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Looking for a dill pickle recipe that will allow me to jar them, and remain somewhat solid (crunchy). I failed twice at attempting this :(
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Grape or oak leaves help keep them crisp, it's in the tannins. Just put a few in the bottom of the jar. 
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KC Casey

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Some of my British wifes gorgeous English shortbread "bisquits" ( cookies to us Americans ). She says its a basic Jamie Oliver recipe and you can look it up. They beat Walkers shortbread hands down!
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sounds great! +KC Casey
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Looking for a homemade gift idea this holiday season???  Check out this recipe for Carmel Apple Jam.  (Everyone on your gift list will LOVE it.)

#jamrecipes   #canning   #apple   #holidaygiftideas   #homemadegifts  
With the holidays right around the corner, homemade gifts are a great idea to give to loved ones as presents or hostess gifts. They are unique and come from the heart and are sure to be cherished. Since I love to can; preserved goods are usually on my homemade list and who doesn't love a jar of ...
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Looks lovely.  I have made Apple Butter using my slow cooker and then canned.  Yumm
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second or third batch of pizza sauce.....the plum yellows seem to be working well
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Looks great! I think pizza sauce is one of the most useful preserves you can have in your pantry! 
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Darlene B

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Salt preserved lemons, ready for the fridge, and limoncello starter. 
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Right now it's just lemon peel sitting in vodka. Soon, I will mix with a simple syrup to taste, and probably store in the freezer.
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