[identity profile] annabellle.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] witchy_recipes
this isn't particularly witchy persey, but i was wondering....does any one know about jarring? I was thinking of making some soup that i can jar and then have when i'm a bit more broke. or even seasonal fruits (when the seasons come where i'll have access to more seasonal fruits). and on that note, say, if you ahve jarred fruits from the previous season, and you want to use them a ritual for the following season, are they still as potent? (potent may not be the right word, but you know what i mean)
~sage

Date: 2007-11-28 08:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildchildcait.livejournal.com
canning and preserving for dummies is my guide ...but....

for soup, if its boiling to the point of sterile, as in you're 100% sure its boiled through...put it in a plain jar which has one of those button tops, put it in the microwave for a minute or two extra and seal quickly. The button top will go down again, and it will be sealed.

as to fruit, two schools of thought. Its getting stronger and more concentrated with age, or destroyed by the canning process. Take your pick.

I personally believe that as everything is still in there, good.

Date: 2007-11-28 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigane.livejournal.com
I can a lot and I have always followed the Bernardin's guide. I know that a lot of people do not and nothing bad came out of it, but food is not something I want to take chances with.

Here is the guide that applies to soup, which is a low acid food:
http://www.homecanning.com/can/ALStepbyStep.asp?ST=6

And here is the one that applies to fruits, which are high acid foods:
http://www.homecanning.com/can/ALStepbyStep.asp?ST=5

As I previously said, most people do not follow these methods and there were no accident. But I feel there are no chances to be taken, since botulism is cause by a neurotoxin (attacks the neurologic system), that can be stopped but not reversed.

The fruit is put whole in the jar, so I think it should retain all its essence. I would have no problems using them in a ritual, even if they are not as pretty as fresh fruits.

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