Both of those sound great. I will have to look them up. Pickled asparagus may be a good way to preserve some of my home grown crop.I sent the wife to canning class last weekend.
So far, she's canned a bunch of "onion jam" and pickled asparagus. The onion jam is outstanding on burgers.
buy a candy thermometer you need to get the temp of the liquid up around 225 degrees to ensure it jells and sets.This morning’s yield is 4 jars of Brandied Cherries which we use in cocktails, and 9 half-pints of Chocolate-Cherry-Pepper jam. The jam recipe doesn’t call for peppers, but I minced up a large jalapeño and one habanero pepper (no seeds). The recipe yielded a whole lot more volume than called for, so I hope it sets up.
EDIT: This jam did not set up, so today I followed the directions on the Certo Pectin insert to re-cook a 1-cup trial portion with 2 tbs. additional sugar and 1 tbs. of a fresh pectin solution.
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When canning pork, it needs to be cooked low and slow first at 250 degrees until tender before canning. We freeze the pork first, the freezing helps break down the meat grain structure. Then we cook it in a oven with 1 inch of water in the pan tightly covered until done. Once done we have our chili already done and add it to the base. Place in quart jars, cook in pressure cooker at 10 psi for 90 minutes. We also mix shredded pork with our favorite BBQ sauce and can it as pulled pork. Very tasty.We did a half a pig over a year back and it was tough. Don't know if it was an old pig or miss handled at the butcher, but all meat and loins were tough. Got to the point the wife and daughter didn't want to eat it. So I thawed it all, trimmed of fat and cut into one inch cubes and canned it all in pint jars.
I love it this way and it you get a sale on pork I'd recommend you try it too. I have chopped frozen peppers and a chopped onion, frozen peppers and a drained jar and I got quick Fajitas. Drain the jar and heat with BBQ and I got three pulled pork sandwiches.
You know that jelly from the old spam? The juice from the water you drain off is like that, but runnier. The wife says dump it, but I drink it.