Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mama's Hot Sauce!

Adventures in Canning: Take 1

My mom came over and brought her canning equipment to teach my how to make my own hot sauce. It was great fun! I want to learn how to can using a pressure canner, and she has one that she might have used to heat water once.

We started by trying to gather supplies. We hit at least 5 grocery stores trying to purchase the gallon sized cans of tomatoes. I ended up buying a membership at Costco just to get the tomatoes. My plan this year is to grow (and buy from a local farmer) enough tomatoes to can my own. But until then, it looks like I will start shopping at Costco.

When we opened the box for the pressure canner and found no instruction manual, I hit the internet. Since we were on a tight schedule (after having spent much time shopping etc), and I couldn't find the exact manual quickly, we decided to "can" the way she knows how - "water bath." We did use the large pressure canner pot to can this hot sauce, but not using pressure cooking. I haven't given up on that yet, though. I still have the pressure canner, and she has since found the manual and mailed it to me, so I can use it for my next adventure. Anyway, our recipe made about 17 jars of hot sauce (mostly quart sized.) I will try to can some for teacher presents after Spring Break.


  1. They look and sound yummy! You could sell these!

    As far as what I'm planting on containers? I'd like to keep tomatoes and peas for sure. I haven't decided on the others yet. Basically I want veggies all summer long. I'm going to get all my seeds this week. I'm borrowing a tiller and hopefully by next week I'll be started.

    Did you make your self watering containers?

    The Misplaced Midwesterner

  2. No, I bought them. But, maybe next time I will see if I can make something similar...now that I see the components. My tomatoes are planted - and keeping them watered is a breeze!