How do you start canning? An op/ed by Frank Belcastro

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How do you start canning?

by Frank Belcastro

PREPARING

There are different ways to can fruits and vegetables.  I use the method I learned from my mother, which she learned from her mother, and so on down the line.  Because I have apple trees and tomato vines, I do a lot of canning of tomatoes and apples right from the source.

Pick the tomatoes, wash them thoroughly, and then slice them into 2-4 pieces (half or quarter).  Place them into a large pot. Cook them down to a boil so they get really soft and juicy – this could take about 3.5 hours.  Then you take the tomatoes and squeeze them with whatever method you have handy.  You can use primitive hand cranks or electric models.  I use the hand crank.  With this device, the skin and seeds are separated from the juice.  I take the juice out and let it cook for hours to thicken it.  Another option is to strain it through cheesecloth, dispose of the water and you are left with a thick puree or sauce.  You can then add the puree back to the juice to get it a little thinner and let it cook.  Either way, this is the point when I add the spices.  I use oregano, basil and other items from my garden.  I also will add some salt for flavor. Heat it to a just boil…that’s when it’s ready to jar.

Canning apples is basically the same thing. You wash, cut and boil them in a pot with just a little water at the bottom of the pot to avoid scorching, and let them cook.  They will soften immediately. Stir occasionally – skins and all.  Cook them until they’re good and soft for at least a half hour to an hour.  Then you have to run them through a straining system.  This separates the seeds and skin from the sauce.  All seeds and skin can be used for compost or animal feed.

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JARRING

To get ready for jarring, I boil my bottles to make sure they are clean and sterilized.  You can start to fill them with your apple and tomato sauce.  You need to make sure your sauce is good and hot when you put it into the sterilized jars.  Fill the jars and place your lids on.  Let them cool at room temperature.

When you seal the lids, as it cools, it causes a negative pressure inside the bottle so it sucks the lid on tight, sealing the rubber seal.  As the lids tighten, you’ll hear the lids start to snap.  This should keep out all contamination for a year or so.  The final touch is to make sure all the lids have sunken-in, concave to show they sealed.

If you want, you could immerse the jars in boiling water to sterilize them again.  This is not necessary with tomato and apple sauces because it’s hot when you put them in.

If there are any that haven’t sealed simply use the tomato sauce within a day or so.  If the lids don’t seal properly, it will spoil.

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

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Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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