Since the 1850’s, the practice of preserving food by way of canning was already a popular practice in the United States. Food preserved by using the methods of canning can last for more than a year if it is done properly. There may be more than a thousand food recipes in North America alone that can be cooked and preserved thru canning, but for a beginner, making his very first canned recipe can be a great achievement in itself.
Here are 6 Easy Recipes for Beginners in Canning
1. English Marmalade
- 2 lbs. Seville or bitter oranges
- 1 large lemon
- 8 cups sugar
Preparing an English Marmalade needs time. Three days to be exact. Here’s how to do it.
- On the first day, prepare your oranges and lemons by removing their ends and cutting them in quarter length sizes. All of the seeds should be removed and the fruits should also be sliced as thin as possible. Next, put everything in a large kettle and add cold water. Mix everything, cover, and leave it overnight.
- On day two, take your kettle and bring it to boil. After finish boiling, remove it from the heat. Again, mix everything by stirring then cover your kettle. Leave it again for 24 hours.
- On the third and final day, bring your kettle again to boil then add sugar. While simmering, continuously stir your jam for two hours. When you notice that the peel is already soft and transparent, bring it again to boil, cooking it for about 30 minutes. Finally, let your jam settle for a few minutes then seal it in your sterile jars.