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My name is John Gavin and I set up and host the Canning Season blog and podcast to help you get the most from the home canning and food preservation lifestyle. In this community I like to say it's all about celebrating and sharing the abundance. I canned my first item in the summer of 2006. It was bread-and-butter pickles. I still have the ladle that got stained orange by the turmeric! Since then, I've learned a lot and experimented a lot. I also ruined a lot of stuff through the mistakes I made. You'll get to hear all about that and so much more here. Welcome!

My name is John Gavin and I set up and host the Canning Season blog and podcast to help you get the most from the home canning and food preservation lifestyle. In this community I like to say it's all about celebrating and sharing the abundance. I canned my first item in the summer of 2006. It was bread-and-butter pickles. I still have the ladle that got stained orange by the turmeric! Since then, I've learned a lot and experimented a lot. I also ruined a lot of stuff through the mistakes I made. You'll get to hear all about that and so much more here. Welcome!
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My name is John Gavin and I set up and host the Canning Season blog and podcast to help you get the most from the home canning and food preservation lifestyle. In this community I like to say it's all about celebrating and sharing the abundance. I canned my first item in the summer of 2006. It was bread-and-butter pickles. I still have the ladle that got stained orange by the turmeric! Since then, I've learned a lot and experimented a lot. I also ruined a lot of stuff through the mistakes I made. You'll get to hear all about that and so much more here. Welcome!

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Episodes

CS-038: Homemade Ice Cream | New Features Coming to Canning Season

9/15/2014
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For all your hard work home canning this year, don't you think you deserve a break - and a treat? Today I give you both as I introduce you to the concept of making homemade ice cream. But ice cream is much more than a wildly popular dessert. It also happens to provide a natural complement to our home canning. When you make ice cream at home, can add many of the items you've already canned, such as cherries, peaches, and berries to take your ice cream to a whole new level. Once you learn to...

Duration:00:39:22

CS-037: A Bucket of Cucumbers Restored My Canning Mojo

8/21/2014
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In home canning as well as in life, we sometimes get off our game; some call it "losing our mojo". You know that feeling: Things aren't quite right, we keep messing up, we can't seem to get into that rhythm that keeps us productive and allows us to feel at ease. That's what it has been like for me this growing season. In today's episode I tell you how a simple bucket of cucumbers got me back in balance. It's an episode I think you'll enjoy. Seasonal canners will benefit by refreshing...

Duration:00:31:30

CS-036: Pickled Foods | Interview with Expert from University of Alaska

8/6/2014
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Knowing how to safely pickle foods is one of the foundation skills used by home canners worldwide. In today's episode we are joined by Roxie Dinstel from the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Roxie happens to be the creator of one of the three must-have canning resources I talked about in Episode 31, Three Must-Haves for Home Canners. Seasonal canners will benefit by refreshing themselves on techniques, concepts, and processes that form the foundation to...

Duration:00:57:56

CS-035: Cherries! | So Many Cool Things to Make with Cherries | My Trip to Norway

7/17/2014
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The cherries are in! Will you be home canning cherries this year? If so, what do you plan to make? With so many choices, you'll find the effort so much more rewarding if you just take a bit of time upfront to think through the options. Here's some things you could make with your cherries this year -- Cherry Almond Jam Cherries for baking / Pie filling Canned cherries Plain cherry jam Cherries mixed with other fruits Cherry sauce for Danish or ice cream Cherry vanilla preserves Cherries for...

Duration:00:29:47

CS-034: 10 Things I Learned Canning Strawberry Jam This Year | Your Questions Answered

6/30/2014
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No matter how long we've been cooking or home canning, there's always something new to learn. Today's session lists the 10 things I learned when making strawberry jam this weekend. We also celebrate the one year anniversary of the Canning Season podcast and answer some of your questions. In this session we learn answers to the following as well as many more questions -- How to make jam without pectin. What to do about all that foam that forms on top of boiling jams. What to do when home...

Duration:00:32:01

CS-033: Easily Avoid Food Poisoning & Botulism in Your Home Canning | Safety Refresher

6/9/2014
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Today's session provides a great review on preventing botulism and food poisoning. With the new growing season underway, timing is perfect for home canners at all levels of experience to learn/review these important safety concepts. In this session we will learn the answers to these questions -- What is botulism? How do you get it? What are its signs and symptoms? How do you prevent botulism or other food poisoning? What is meant by a low-acid versus a high-acid food? Why is it so...

Duration:00:40:04

CS-032: World War II Veteran Shares Home Canning Stories | Memorial Day Special

5/20/2014
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In this Memorial Day special, I get to interview a dear friend who served and fought as a member of the US Army in World War II. My friend, Howard Rosov not only fought the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge, he went on to help free Dachau prison. Prior to being drafted as a young man, Howard was already a student of home canning. In today's show we learn of techniques of home canning used back in the 1930's through the 1950's. Like me, you will be surprised at the connection home canning...

Duration:00:49:37

CS-031: Must-Have Resources for Your Best Home Canning | Your Questions Answered

4/30/2014
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Whether a novice or seasoned in the art of home canning, all will benefit from this week's show. I introduce you to three of my must-have, go-to resources I rely on for my own home canning and food preservation efforts. Seasonal canners will benefit by refreshing themselves on techniques, concepts, and processes that form the foundation to safe home canning. Those new to home canning will find trusted places to learn and get started. I also walk you through listener questions, something I...

Duration:00:32:42

CS-030: Get Ready for Summer Canning | Your Questions Answered

4/17/2014
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With winter over, our planning can finally turn to the hope of a new growing season. These warmer days bring with them the promise, if not the anticipation of new things to grow and eventually preserve. With today's show, I walk you through a short checklist of things you can do now to keep your home canning safe, cost effective, and fun. Some simple planning now can make a huge difference later. Things in Today's Show Why I include the "Life in the North Woods" segment in my shows. A...

Duration:00:38:37

CS-029: Make Your Own Yogurt at Home | Your Questions Answered

3/31/2014
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One of the best parts about making your own yogurt at home is how easy it is! If you like yogurt, you'll definitely want to give this a try. In today's episode, I walk you through how to safely make yogurt yourself. I use a trusted, proven recipe that gave me awesome results the first time I tried it. I'll share some of the mistakes I made before settling on that winning recipe / technique. As usual, I also share some of the tips and pointers I picked up along the way. When making your own...

Duration:00:42:39

CS-028: Pancakes, Cookies, & Scones - Time Savings from Your Mason Jars

3/12/2014
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An often overlooked benefit to home canning and food preservation is the amazing time savings it can provide later on. In today’s show I talk about using our Mason jars to pre-mix ingredients needed for pancakes, chocolate chip cookies, and Irish soda bread (commonly referred to as scones).When thinking of jams and pickles, time savings aren’t exactly high on our minds. But there’s a lot of time to be saved when it comes to meals that can be safely home canned, including stews, soups, and...

Duration:00:29:48

CS-027: Start Planning Now for a Great Garden Later | Interview With Expert From Burpee

2/24/2014
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Had enough of the extremes brought about by this year’s polar vortex? I sure have! Soon enough, the seasons will turn and a new growing season will be upon us. To help you plan and get ready for growing a garden perfect for home canning and food preservation needs, today I am joined by Chelsey Fields, a horticultural expert from Burpee. In a wide-ranging and fun discussion, Chelsey gives us great tips for planning your garden, starting seeds indoors, and things to think about as you...

Duration:00:47:55

CS-026: My Biggest Canning Mistake Ever | Plus 3 Simple, Tasty Recipes

2/11/2014
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First I talk about the biggest canning mistake I’ve ever made in my kitchen. Then, I walk you through three simple recipes I use that take advantage of home canned goods while also making a great addition to your meals.Sometimes you can work really hard on something only to have the whole thing go wrong because of the simplest of mistakes. Other times, the simplest combination of ingredients can bring about delightful – and tasty – results. In today’s show you get some of each. Recipes...

Duration:00:29:33

CS-025: Canning Soups & Chicken | Interview with The Canning Diva

1/23/2014
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Today we talk about canning soups and chicken with my guest, Diane Devereaux, the self-proclaimed "Canning Diva". By learning how to can soups or chicken you expand your overall cooking abilities to make even better and convenient meals for your family and friends. Diane and I also talk about her new book, "Canning With the Diva" and share some great tips & tricks along the way. As they are considered low-acid foods, the canning of soups and meats does require pressure processing to keep...

Duration:00:59:16

CS-024: Part 3 - Basics of Pressure Processing | Testing Your Dial Gauge

1/9/2014
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This is part 3 of a 3-part series on pressure processing. Today's session is aimed primarily at those who have a pressure canner with a dial gauge. We learn how to get it tested and why that is important. This is the final installment of a great interview with Nancy Becker, a Home Economist and manager of the Test Kitchen for National Presto Industries. Presto manufactures the canner I use in my own kitchen. Along with a review of basics of food safety, Nancy walks us through the different...

Duration:00:08:54

CS-023: Part 2 - Basics of Pressure Processing | Expert Interview

1/9/2014
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This is part 2 of a 3-part series on pressure processing. Pressure processing is one of the most rewarding, yet intimidating, methods of home canning. To help remove the mystery, while keeping things completely safe, today I am joined by Nancy Becker, a Home Economist and manager of the Test Kitchen for National Presto Industries. Presto manufactures the canner I use in my own kitchen. Today's show gets into canner maintenance followed by a step-by-step walkthrough of the entire process to...

Duration:00:45:15

CS-022: Part 1 - Basics of Pressure Processing | Expert Interview

1/8/2014
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This is part 1 of a 3-part series on pressure processing. Pressure processing is one of the most rewarding, yet intimidating, methods of home canning. To help remove the mystery, while keeping things completely safe, today I am joined by Nancy Becker, a Home Economist and manager of the Test Kitchen for National Presto Industries. Presto manufactures the canner I use in my own kitchen. Those who learn pressure processing open wide the world of food preservation. More than simple jams or...

Duration:00:45:14

CS-021: Tea for Me Please - Interview with Expert from Adagio Teas - Winter Solstice Special

12/20/2013
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With today's show we take pause to mark the Winter Solstice and step back from the frenzy of the holiday season. To help I am joined by Cynthia Fazekas, Master Blender and Primary Tea Taster for Adagio Teas. Along with a great background on teas from around the world, Cynthia gives us helpful tips on tea selection, experimentation, and preparation so you too can join me in regularly enjoying a great mug of tea. I end the show by sharing some perspectives on gratitude, as well as a reading of...

Duration:00:52:54

CS-020: Kevin West, Author of Saving the Season - Shipping Jars - Ball's New Canning Device

12/6/2013
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Today I am joined by Kevin West to discuss his new book, "Saving the Season". This is a great interview about a book that I highly recommend. Later in the show I also give tips on shipping canned goods this holiday season. Lastly, I unfortunately have to give a thumbs-down product review on the recently introduced Ball FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System. Interview with Kevin West, author of “Saving the Season”."Saving the Season, A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning Pickling and Preserving",...

Duration:00:50:18

CS-019: Cranberry Recipes -- Sauce, Relish & Cranberry Conserve

11/22/2013
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With the holidays and their related feasts fast approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time we talk about one of the foods widely associated with those meals: Nope, I’m not talking turkey. Today, we are going to learn all about canning cranberries. In today’s show we are going to start with the basics of what it takes to make a great, traditional cranberry sauce. I then talk about the other things I tried this year - a cranberry/apple relish, and something called a cranberry...

Duration:00:28:26