Monday 19 February 2018
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After gardening, canning, storing and of course cooking for years, I’ve tried different tools and products. Some successes and unfortunately, some fails. I thought I would share what I like and has worked for me:

Seed Companies:

When I don’t save my own seeds, I like to purchase my seeds from these companies. They are reliable and have organic offerings:

High Mowing Organic Seeds –

Seed Savers Exchange –

Sustainable Seed Company –


Canning Supplies:

Pressure Canner and Cooker (I’ve had this canner for at least seven years and love it):
Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Canning Accessories: Presto 09995 7 Function Canning Kit
Includes a Digital Timer, Canning Funnel, Combination Bubble Remover/Lid Lifter, Jar Lifter, Jar Wrench and Kitchen Tongs. Easy to use digital timer is ideal for measuring processing times. Counts down from any time up to 99 minutes and 59 seconds. Counts up for use as a stop watch. Large easy to read lcd numerals. Convenient clip, easel stand and magnet on back. Battery included.

Ball Dissolvable Labels: Ball Dissolvable Labels – (Set Of 60)

Ball Book to Preserving and Canning: Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving

Quart Wide Mouth Mason Jars: Ball 67000 Quart Wide Mouth Mason Jars
I like to use these jars for my pickles and green beans. I use to use the smaller mouth jars for my green beans, but the beans were harder to get out of the jar. With these jars, its easier to pack and pour out the beans.

Sure Jell Fruit Pectin: Sure Jell Pectin, 1.75-Ounce boxes
I like to use this fruit pectin for my jams and jellies. If you are a beginner at making jams and jellies, this is a great product. It includes simple recipes that makes it easy to make.


Other Stuff:

Ball Dry Herb Jars: Ball Dry Herb Jars
We love to use these when we dehydrate our peppers (cayenne, paprika, hot mix). It’s a perfect size for the amount we dehydrate and grind.