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Canning Questions Answered…

The comments section on the Apple Butter post was full of questions so I thought I’d answer them here.

Do people put wax at the top of their jars?
I’ve not ever used wax when canning. Apparently people used to seal it that way… it’s not recommended anymore.

Do you sleep at all?
No. But not because I’m canning or being a homemaker… because John Martin likes to eat every hour on the hour. {slight exaggeration but the boy likes to nurse!}

Do you sale them? {from Kellie, which she is southern but I think she means “sell” them 🙂 }
No. I give them away.

How do you get that cute fabric on?
Once they have sealed you can remove the bands. You keep the bands on while boiling the jars. I remove the bands after they’re sealed and then put the fabric on and then replace the band. You can store the jars without the bands but you’ll need the bands once you pry them open to keep the jar closed in the fridge.

Can you come live at my house? {from Amy}
Yes. I’ll be there every night before “bedtime routine” around here. And I won’t bring the baby.

Is my house going to smell yummy?
Yes. You will want to lick the air and make another batch once the first batch is made.

Does the “t” stand for teaspoon?
Yes… little “t” teaspoon. Big “T” tablespoon.

Where did you get your jars and lids?
The local Walmart. They are in the Ball “Elite Collection”. I didn’t know canning supplies could be “elite” but apparently they CAN {no pun intended!}. I was looking for the cheaper ones but this is all they had. But they are cuter {if mason jars can be cute} and I justified the platinum collection because I had no other choice.

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  • Abby
    October 25, 2008 at 12:37 pm


    I just wanted to leave you a note and tell you how much I appreciate your blog. My friends and I are going through “the mission of motherhood” and have been discussing quite a bit how our generation has left the homemaking part out of motherhood (and leaving motherhood in the dumps too…). You are such an encouragement to me with all of your wonderful homemaking “skills” :-).

  • Kendra White
    October 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    thanks for anwsering my questions… this is my project for tomorrow… now do u have any pumpkin recipes

  • Amber
    October 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I am glad to hear that I am not the only one nursing almost every hour :)! Noah likes to eat alot more than Caleb ever did!

  • becky
    October 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    my family loves it (apple butter) and i think i may give it a try in a couple of weeks. (i had to marathon shop at walmart today and i am pooped. plus, every person in limestone county was there, so i didn’t have time to mosey like i wanted to.)

    and i’m all for cooking anything that will make me want to lick the air b/c it smells so good.

  • duchess
    October 25, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for filling in all the details. Maybe one day I'll actually get to try it out.

    I just read all of your comments from the other day's controversial cartoon. It really got people stirred up over here. It's a good thing we live in a country where everybody actually gets to voice their opinions on election day & doesn't just have to do what they're told by the government, huh? That kind of proves our point, don't cha think?

  • Anonymous
    October 26, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I had to write and tell you how much I love your joy in homemaking. It is so refreshing to see a busy young mom do so many domestic things. You are an inspiration to many! I’m sure even Martha Stewart would be jealous!!
    God bless you!

  • Kellie Patton
    October 27, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Ha Ha! I don’t proofread before I publish my comments – I’m really not illiterate!!?? Or maybe having 3 children in 3 years makes me that way!!! And as for the southern – only by the grace of God!!! I’m up for a giveaway!!!!

  • Kandace
    October 27, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Made your recipe Saturday!
    ohhhhh sooo delicious!

    We live way ^up^ in Canada… the ‘Okanagan Valley’ in Beautiful British Columbia. I grew up on a farm with apple orchards.
    Always make/made apple sauce but this is a little more special.
    Thanks for sharing…

    Funny I don’t know you but am forever telling my parents about you.
    You remind me of my fraternal twin sister. I think she’d like that – comparison.

    October 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for all the tips! I must give this a try…..someday. SIGH!