Ask the Goats: Why Ovens Don't Count

Ask the Goats is a (mostly) weekly feature in which we, the goats, attempt to answer your food preservation questions. Got a question? Drop us a line at dorisandjilly@gmail.com.

Q. I made a beef stew in a 350°F oven. That’s hotter than a water bath, so why can’t I just can the stew as is? Why […]

Ask the Goats: Pinging Vegetable Stock

Ask the Goats is a weekly series in which we attempt to answer your questions about growing, making, eating, and preserving food. Got a question for the goats? Drop us a line at dorisandjilly@gmail.com.

Q. Hi. I am not new to canning. But something happened this year that has never happened before. […]

Ask the Goats: Adjusting Processing Times

Ask the Goats is a weekly feature in which we, the goats, attempt to answer your questions about growing, making, eating, and preserving food. Got a question? Drop us a line at dorisandjilly@gmail.com.

Q: When you have a boiling-water bath recipe, how much do you adjust the processing time for different size jars?  Most jam […]

Ask the Goats: Pressure Cooker as Pressure Canner?

Ask the Goats is a weekly feature in which we answer your questions about growing, making, preserving, and eating food. Got a question for us? Drop us a line at dorisandjilly@gmail.com.

Q. I just purchased my first pressure cooker; a 6 quart. Can I also use this to can small batches of bounty instead […]

Ask the Goats: Canning Salsa

Ask the Goats is a weekly feature in which we, your loyal goats, attempt to answer your questions about growing, making, eating, and preserving food. Send us your questions at dorisandjilly@gmail.com.

Q. I am new at canning! My confusion comes from this: I make my own fire roasted salsa. I fire roast the fresh tomatoes, […]

Tomato Sauce Under Pressure

Yes, yes, yes, I know. The tomato can jam entries should be posted next week, not this. Consider this post a safety intervention.

The most important thing to consider when you’re canning is whether your item is a high-acid or low-acid food. Most food-born pathogens, including yeasts, molds, and most bacteria, can be killed at 212°F. […]

Home Canning FAQ

The best part of any food preservation class (besides the food) is always the discussion. Usually, I have quick answers for a fairly regular set of questions about food poisoning, the physics of pressure cookers, storage, and the differences between jams, preserves, conserves, and compotes. But recently, I’ve started to hear some new ones. This […]

Ask the Goats: Split Peas in the Pressure Cooker?

Q: All of the pressure cooker instruction books say that you shouldn’t cook split peas in your pressure cooker. But Doris, you told me you did! What happened? Is it safe?

(a conversation between Doris and Jilly)

Well, Jilly. No, you really shouldn’t do this. I tried, and it’s the only time that I have been frightened […]

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