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!

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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