"Blackberries have plenty of pectin for jelly, provided you avoid overripe berries and include some that are slightly underripe. For 4 cups blackberry juice, use 3 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. A complete recipe is in my Joy of Jams,…"
"Preserve figs in syrup, pickle them, or make them into paste. I make fig paste with ground almonds, lemon peel, cinnamon, and sometimes honey. It's the world's best energy bar!
"I've just found an abstract of what may be the single study on which the USDA has issued its recommendation to add acid to home-canned tomatoes. Here's the citation: I. D. Wolf et al., "The pH of 107 Varieties of Minnesota-Grown…"
"I've been told that only a couple of tomato varieties have been identified as sometimes dangerously low in acid, but I don't know which varieties they are.
If your tomatoes seem bland but you'd rather not add lemon juice, I recommend…"
"William, are you referring to lye in the processing of olives? In this case, lye is used to remove bitterness quickly and thus hasten the curing. Just as for long-brined olives, the preservatives in lye-treated olives are salt and acid.
"Best for tea are the seeds, but they should come not from Florence or bronze fennel but from common fennel, the kind that grows as a weed in California and the Mediterranean region. The seeds will dry on the plant, but to keep them from dropping you…"
"I also dry Juliets, which I think of as in between cherry and plum (paste/drying) tomatoes. I dry them completely in a dehydrator, and then rehydrate them with boiling water as needed. We eat dried tomatoes mostly with olive oil, salt, and garlic on…"
"Ginger, the USDA does have processing times for tomatoes in a boiling-water bath, though the times are long. You can find them in booklet PNW 300 at the Oregon State University Extension website (extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog).
If meat or a…"
"As Pat requested, here's the message from Dick Jones of Penley:
Thank you for your interest in Penley Corporation. In answer to your question regarding canning supplies. Penley Corporation has been sold to Jarden Home Brands and does not…"
"Upon reading Pat's message regarding Chinese-made canning jars, I checked with Penley Corporation, the manufacturer discussed in the blog post to which Pat provided a link. I found out that Penley no longer makes canning jars. In fact, Penley…"