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Weekend canning and mini wash-in party
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Post# 955557   9/1/2017 at 06:31 by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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This past weekend about a dozen of us from AW and other friends canned 2 bushels of tomatoes, 2 bushels of green beans 20 dozen ear of corn and about 35 pounds of peaches.


Meanwhile on the lower level of the museum Bob Orear used some of the classic washers to do laundry.   It is so much easier today to can vegetables than our parents and grandparents had it, the advent of air conditioning,  dishwashers and pressure canners makes the job so much easier.


Some pictures of the festivities to follow

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Post# 955558 , Reply# 1   9/1/2017 at 06:41 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Wow!  I think you'd have to call it a maxi canning party given the amount of food involved.  You certainly had the perfect canning kitchen.  Recalling the 100 degree kitchen when I helped my mom can tomatoes, air conditioning is definitely an important element in canning. Thanks for all the photos! 


One question:  Why were the filled and sealed jars in the dishwasher?

Post# 955559 , Reply# 2   9/1/2017 at 07:56 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Dishwasher Canning ?

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No actually, I am washing off any sticky residue on the outside of the jars. I have been doing this for years, after the jars have sealed and cooled I remove the screw bands and load the jars in the DW, then I add about one teaspoon of detergent and run the WP Rinse & Hold cycle which is two full rinses, this does a perfect job of cleaning the jars without heating up the contents much.

Post# 955561 , Reply# 3   9/1/2017 at 08:01 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

I'd like to see a full photo of your Tappan Gallery warming shelf range.
My mom had one. I thought it was so cool!

Post# 955564 , Reply# 4   9/1/2017 at 08:22 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Sorry I missed it - looks like a lot of fun!

I remember canning at my grandmother's went on from August until the garden was empty, usually in late September. They had a room full of jars and the potatoes were piled high. We didn't notice the heat as much as we would now, just the way it was...

Post# 955570 , Reply# 5   9/1/2017 at 09:12 by dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        

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I was wondering what the dishwasher trick was. I am going to can tomatoes tomorrow and may try that tip and save a step on cleaning the jars after they are cooled.

Post# 955571 , Reply# 6   9/1/2017 at 09:19 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Thanks for the info, John. I know you are diligent with food safety when canning, so I figured you weren't using the sanitize option as a substitute for safe practices. But it did cross my mind that maybe you were showing us how much weight the upper rack of the dishwasher could hold without collapsing, LOL.

Post# 955574 , Reply# 7   9/1/2017 at 09:25 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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That looks like fun! You'll be eating beans all winter. Here's a recipe for Sambal Goreng Beans:

Post# 955580 , Reply# 8   9/1/2017 at 10:00 by peteski50 (New York)        
Weekend canning and mini wash-in party!!

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Wow John looks like you guys had a lot of fun! I wish I could have been their!
Best Wishes to everyone

Post# 955581 , Reply# 9   9/1/2017 at 10:11 by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

Looks like that was a lot of fun. Was any video taken? It'd make for a good documentary.

My grandmother, her sisters, & sisters-in-law would have canning parties at the end of summer. If I was visiting during one of them my job was to be a minion and pay attention as they narrated the process for me.

Post# 955601 , Reply# 10   9/1/2017 at 12:13 by jetaction (Minneapolis)        
How fun is that!

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And tasty too!

Post# 955602 , Reply# 11   9/1/2017 at 12:16 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
I Don't Think Any Video Was Taken

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Hi Jim, and I did a poor job of taking people pictures, Martin, Jerry Hunt, Bob Orear, My Brother Jeff, Jason from AW along with my friend Andy as well as a few friends and customers, so if any of you guys have pictures please add them.

Post# 955608 , Reply# 12   9/1/2017 at 13:41 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
So much fun!

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When's the quilting bee?


(Making a run for it . . .)

Post# 955609 , Reply# 13   9/1/2017 at 13:45 by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2018!)        
2 with people

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Martin and yours truly

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Post# 955611 , Reply# 14   9/1/2017 at 14:04 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Dont forget

My Mother used to talk about when She was a child in the 30s and 40s , And she remembered Grandmother canning beans in a big copper washboiler on a wood cookstove in North Carolina with its heat and humidity!!And they raised a huge garden!

Post# 955628 , Reply# 15   9/1/2017 at 16:16 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Any washer pics? What's the front-loader in the background of the last photo?

Post# 955636 , Reply# 16   9/1/2017 at 17:19 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Nice photos, John! Interesting bottom rack in that power clean too.

Post# 955684 , Reply# 17   9/2/2017 at 00:45 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Remember tomato canning sessions at my Moms and Stepdads house in Camp Springs,MD back in the 60's and 70's.Stepdad had a garden and Mom was the canner-I was brought in to help!For some of the sessions-in and old farmhouse they rented the kitchen got hot.In their later home they moved to-a Levitt built house-that was AC'd MUCH better-but the heat thrown out is still pretty high.The dishwasher trick is interesting.

Post# 955697 , Reply# 18   9/2/2017 at 05:22 by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        
Looks like great fun!!!

Wish I could have been there. My vegetable source seems to have dried up.

Looks like a great supply for the winter.

Jerry Gay

Post# 955699 , Reply# 19   9/2/2017 at 06:26 by chachp (Conway, AR)        
Jenn Air Induction

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On the Jenn Air range, is that an induction cartridge on the left?  I don't think I've ever seen one that wasn't white.


Post# 955732 , Reply# 20   9/2/2017 at 10:23 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I am sure it was a blast!! Sorry I couldn't get down there myself!

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