3 tips for a great in-home canning experience

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People have been canning for generations, each generation often running into the same problems as the one before—it’s messy, it’s time consuming and it doesn’t always work. Anyone who has tried canning understands how difficult it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. Canning is one of the most effective ways to store food and a great way to be self-reliant. If you have a garden and the proper know-how, you can store whatever you grow and not have to worry about rising food prices or, even worse, a calamity resulting in widespread food shortage. Even if you don’t have a garden of your own, there are plenty of good reasons to can food, not the least of which is preparing yourself for emergencies. Canning is also a great way to save on grocery costs while eating healthier and wasting less. Here are some tips that will help you avoid the problems that have plagued generations of canners.

1. Create a good workspace. Clear off and sterilize the countertops and sink with a light bleach solution. Sterilize jars in boiling water for about 10 minutes (washing them in the dishwasher won’t do the trick). Set up the jars on the countertop in the order you will be filling them. Give yourself plenty of space to work. Also give yourself plenty of time-- don’t start canning if you’re going to be rushing off to an appointment in a half hour. Doing these things will help you avoid frustrations during the canning process. It may take a few extra minutes to get started, but it will save you time and effort in the long run.

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2. Throw away your creativity. One of the challenges for some canning novices is the temptation to either cut corners or to try and get creative with the recipes. This is risky behavior and usually results in frustration and failure. Instead of jumping right in, take some time to read the recipe several times in advance and then follow it precisely. Canning has been going on for generations. There’s no need to make the same mistakes as the experts who have gone before. Unless you’re a skilled canning veteran, don’t be experimenting or substituting ingredients. For a smooth canning experience, just stick to the recipe

3. Seal the deal. There is perhaps nothing more crucial in the canning process than making sure your jars are properly sealed. You may have heard of methods such as using paraffin wax or running jars in the dishwasher to seal on the lids. Neither of these methods will give you the seal you need to prevent spoilage, food borne illness and dirt or debris from getting inside. To create the proper seal, you must first be sure there are no chips or cracks in your jars. Foods high in acid may be canned using the water bath method (placing jars into boiling water for at least 10 minutes). Low acid foods need to be canned at higher temperatures, which requires a pressure canner. Be sure and select lids that are safe to use. Although it might be tempting, you should NEVER reuse metal lids. If you want lids that you can reuse safely, go with (made in America) TATTLER lids, which are made of a plastic compound that is safe for direct contact with food products and can be reused again and again. When storing your sealed jars, keep them in a cool, dry place that is off of the ground and away from direct sunlight. For added protection, use a JarBOX Canning Jar Storage Container as a convenient way to keep your jars safe and organized.

So the next time you can food, remember to follow the recipe instructions closely, keeping these tips in mind. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from being self-reliant and prepared. Happy canning!

POLL: What did YOU think about the 2nd GOP presidential debate?

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Wednesday was a big night for the Republican presidential candidates during the second GOP debate... OR WAS IT?

Glenn wasn't impressed with the debate. In fact, he went as far as to say it was the worst Presidential debate BY FAR he had ever seen for THIS reason: NO ONE discussed the major issues that Americans are actually facing.

Inflation has doubled Americans' grocery bills. Gas is nearing a historic record of $100/barrel. We have DOUBLED our national deficit. Bidenomics and the globalists' green agenda pose an existential threat to core American industries while we continue to fund the Ukrainian people's pensions and small businesses. It is as if our government has forgotten the American people.

It is as if our government has forgotten the American people.

Do YOU think the candidates hit the mark during the second GOP debate? Do you support Trump's decision to skip two debates in a row? Let us know in the poll below!

Do you think the 2nd GOP debate was overall positive?

Did the candidates debate issues you are concerned about?

Do you think the "real" debate was between Trump and Biden in Michigan?

Do you think any of the other GOP candidates can beat Trump? 

Do you think Trump can beat Biden? 

Do you think any other candidate besides Trump can beat Biden?

Do you think it was a mistake for Trump to miss the first debate?

Do you think it was a mistake for Trump to miss the second debate?

COVID is back! Or that is what we’re being told anyway...

A recent spike in COVID cases has triggered the left's alarm bells, and the following institutions have begun to reinstate COVID-era mandates. You might want to avoid them if you enjoy breathing freely...

Do YOU think institutions should bring back COVID-era mandates if cases increase? Let us know your thoughts HERE.

Morris Brown College

Both of Upstate Medical's hospitals in Syracuse, New York

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There was a time when both the Left and the Right agreed that parents have the final say in raising their children... Not anymore.

In the People's Republic of California, the STATE, not parents, will determine whether children should undergo transgender treatments. The California state legislature just passed a law that will require judges in child custody cases to consider whether parents support a child’s gender transition. According to the law, the state now thinks total affirmation is an integral part of a child’s “health, safety, and welfare.”

We are inching closer to a dystopia where the state, not the parents, have ultimate rights over their children, a history that people from former Soviet nations would feign repeating.

Glenn dove into the law AND MORE in this episode titled, "Parental Advisory: The EXPLICIT plot to control YOUR kids." To get all the research that went into this episode AND information on how YOU can fight back, enter your email address below:

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The Biden admin has let in MORE illegal aliens than the populations of THESE 15 states

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There are currently an estimated 16.8 MILLION illegal aliens residing in the United States as of June 2023, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). This number is already 1.3 million higher than FAIR's January 2022 estimate of 15.5 million and a 2.3 million increase from its end-of-2020 estimate. Even Democrats like New York City's Mayor Adams Mayor Adams are waking up to what Conservatives have been warning for years: we are in a border CRISIS.

However, this isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010. In the first two years of the Biden administration alone, the illegal alien population increased by 16 PERCENT nationwide, imposing a whopping net cost of $150.6 BILLION PER YEAR on American taxpayers. That is nearly DOUBLE the total amount that the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine.

This isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010.

These large numbers often make it difficult to conceptualize the sheer impact of illegal immigration on the United States. To put it in perspective, we have listed ALL 15 states and the District of Colombia that have smaller populations than the 2.3 MILLION illegal immigrants, who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration. That is more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, and South Dakota COMBINED—and the American taxpayers have to pay the price.

Here are all 16 states/districts that have FEWER people than the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration.

1. New Mexico

Population: 2,110,011

2. Idaho

Population: 1,973,752

3. Nebraska

Population: 1,972,292

4. West Virginia

Population: 1,764,786

5. Hawaii

Population: 1,433,238

6. New Hampshire

Population: 1,402,957

7. Maine

Population: 1,393,442

8. Montana

Population: 1,139,507

9. Rhode Island

Population: 1,090,483

10. Delaware

Population: 1,031,985

11. South Dakota

Population: 923,484

12. North Dakota

Population: 780,588

13. Alaska

Population: 732,984

14. Washington DC

Population: 674,815

15. Vermont

Population: 647,156

16. Wyoming

Population: 583,279