Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Apple Canning FAIL


Canning Tip: It's a bad idea to put cool glass jars right into your hot water bath.

My jars weren't even that cold, they were room temperature, but the bottom still shattered on two of my jars of spiced apple slices. Resulting in the bottom mess:

Also, putting whole spices directly into the apples was kind of a bad idea. It's now going to be impossible to eat the apple slices without having to avoid hard bits of star anise, cinnamon stick, cardamom pod, and black peppercorns. And I've realized a bit too late that although star anise is quite pretty to look at, I'm not the biggest fan of the licorice flavor. Sigh.

Any idea for how to use up about six pints and one quart of spiced apple slices? They're in a very light syrup.

Also planning on boiling the extra canning liquid down into a thicker syrup.


Nick Biddle said...

It could be a bad batch of jars. I don't think I've ever shattered a jar in my pressure canner.

bittersweetblog said...

Ack, now that's exactly what I'm afraid of and what prevents me from seriously trying canning. But don't worry, I'm sure you can master it and figure out what went wrong in no time. I'd sure love to learn from your experiences!

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