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Invitation to free new website that helps moms better manage their kids? group activities
Hello Mommies,

I am a fellow member of the Mommies Network and the creator of a new website called 

Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids'

group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)

Kids today are overscheduled, and keeping up is a challenge:  

? What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids? 

? Who is driving to the scout meeting? 

? When am I signed up to bring the team's snacks?  

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Canning 101

Canning 101

I was surprised at how easy it was to get started with home canning.  Once I discovered how to do it from start to finish and tried a few recipes, I realized the simplicity of the process.
Terminology
Prior to getting started with home canning, you will want to familiarize yourself with the following terms:
Water Bath Canner:  A large deep pot designed for home canning that is made of aluminum  or enameled steel.
     A water bath canner have either flat or ridged bottoms; electric stovetops require a flat-      bottomed canner while gas stoves can accommodate either flat or ridged
     Used to preserve high-acidic foods such as jams and jellies, fruit juices, fruits, pickles and salsas
Pressure Canner:  A large pot designed to pressure can and preserve foods at home under regulated pressure, killing bacteria and removing the air present in the canning jars to safely preserve and seal foods.
     Made for stove-top use
     Used to preserve low-acidic foods such as meats, fish and most vegetables.
     Sold in various sizes with the largest being able to accommodate 7 quart size jars or 14 pints.
     Can also be used for pressure cooking large batch meals and various foods
Canning Rack:  A metal rack that fits in a canner and elevates jars slightly off the bottom of the canning pot to keep the jars from being in direct contact with heat and to ensure that the boiling water is able to come in contact with all facets of the jars.
Jar Lifter: Kitchen tool that is used for safe handling of hot canning jars.
Mason Jars:  The best choice for home canning.  Regular-Mouth Jars have an opening of about 2-3/8 inches; wide-mouth jars Have an opening of about 3 inches.
Headspace: The space from the top of the mason jar to the food or liquid in the jar.
canning-headspace
Processing: The amount of recommended time jars filled with food are submerged in boiling water
Supplies
Prior to getting started with home canning, you will need to purchase the following supplies:
21-Quart Water Bath Canner with canning rack (when preserving high-acidic foods).
Canning Utensil Set: Jar Lifter, Jar Funnel, Lid Lifter, Bubble Remover and Headspace Tool
Glass preserving jars with lids and bands (always start with new lids)
Common kitchen utensils, such as wooden spoon and ladle
Recipes
Prior to getting started with canning, you will need tested recipes made with fresh produce and quality ingredients.  There are plenty of home canning recipes online, as well as some on this site.
Once you have your tested recipes and supplies, you can start canning!  Here is a synopsis of the Waterbath Canner process:
1. STERILIZE jars
2. PREPARE canner for preserving high-acidic foods
3. PREPARE tested recipe using fresh produce and quality ingredients.
4. REMOVE hot jars from hot water
5. FILL jars with prepared food
6. CLEAN rim and threads of jar using a clean, damp cloth
7. PLACE filled jars upright on elevated canning rack and lower into canner
8. PROCESS jars for length of time indicated in recipe
6. REMOVE jars and leave undisturbed for 12-24 hours.
6. CHECK lids for seals
7. STORE jars in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 1 year.
Tips
Since you will need to check the lids for seals 12-24 hours after processing jars, make sure it is a convenient time of day or night when you finish so in the event you need to reprocess it is a convenient time of day or night for you to reprocess.
Since you can only use lids once, every time you process a new jar or reprocess a jar you will need to use a new one; bands are reusable.
Scale back the recipes you find and make a small amount for you and other household members to try prior to making a large amount that no one likes.
Keep track of the size of the jars and how often you go through the jars of food so you can determine how much the household consumes?this should help you determine how much to can at once which will save you time!
Submitted by April (penny-wise-mom)


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