Summer is on its way. Time to start planning for nature’s abundant harvest. In other words, start getting ready for canning!
- Portland Homestead Supply Co. carries a wide variety of jars for water bath and pressure canning. We also carry all the gadgets and supplies needed to make the process go a little faster and smoother. We carry Ball (freshpreserving.com), Weck (weckcanning.com), and Leifheit (leifheitusa.com) jars as well as jar lifters, jar wrenches, lid holders, funnels, labels, you name it.
- PRESERVING For those interested in making jams, jellies, preserves, pickles, relishes, or canning fresh fruits, we carry a beautiful 18 quart blue enamel flat-bottom water bath canner and two sizes of jar racks. Our water bath canner can hold up to 7 quart jars but is attractive enough to use all year for soups, stocks, or cooking for a big crowd. We also carry the Ball Fresh Preserving Kit (a blue water bath canning pot with all the equipment needed to start canning) and the Victorio stainless steel water bath canner.
- For those interested in pressure canning, we offer pressure canners from Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry (www.wafco.com) under the All American logo. These are serious canners with a machined lid that requires no gasket. They come in three sizes: 10.5 quart, 15.5 quart, and 21.5 quart. We now also carry Presto pressure canners, in both 16 and 23 quart sizes. These canners do use gaskets, and we sell replacement gaskets if you need one.
- Pomona's Universal Pectin is a favorite around here. It's a sugar-free, preservative-free, low-methoxyl, calcium-activated pectin that requires no sugar to jell. We also carry the full line of Ball pectins including their low-sugar pectin, instant (freezer jam) pectin, and their classic pectin.