How to check your canning jars for a good seal

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After a long day of canning, you may think that you are off the hook the minute you take those jars out of the water canner. Oh, how wrong you are! One of the most important things about canning won’t happen until those jars are nice and cool. What is it? You need to check … Continue reading

Maple-Sweetened Blueberry Rhubarb Jam

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I haven’t brought this jam to a food swap, but I’ve been using this jam for swaps on the side all month long. First, I bought a gorgeous garden hose from a co-worker with a jar of this jam and a small jar of strawberry chocolate mint jam. Then I bought an old but totally functional … Continue reading

Food Swaps and Food Safety

Pickled Ginger from the March 2011 food swap

Food safety is one of the topics that is coming up frequently in the larger swap conversation across the country. Swap hosts across the country have talked about it amongst ourselves, articles are being written about it, and suspicious readers have commented on food swap-centric articles online. How trusting can we be of how participants … Continue reading

Jar and bottle recycling at the May 14 food swap

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Here’s a great idea from Amanda, one of the participants in the upcoming swap: “I wonder if there’d be a way to bring back empty canning jars to the swap? I know some people who aren’t canners accumulate jars…and people who are canners are always in need of jars!” I love this idea!  Amanda, thank … Continue reading