Small Batch Home Canning. Yes, you can!

Does the word “canning” evoke images of vats of boiling water, bushels of produce and rows of jars? If so, you don’t know small batch canning! pickled oranges

Small batch canning is easy, safe and requires only a few inexpensive, simple pieces of equipment. In fact, you probably already own most of what you will need! There are two methods of canning: water bath and pressure. Water bath is safe for high-acid foods such as pickles, chutneys and jams. Pressure is safe for low acid foods such as meats, stocks, and low-acid vegetables (i.e. corn, beans). Let’s talk about water bath canning.

To safely water bath can you will need:

That’s it!

My “Preserving The Harvest. Small Batch Canning With Tess” class is now live. In my small, hands-on class, I will take you through the process from start to finish. During class, you’ll graze on an assortment of goodies prepared with the recipe you are learning to can canning w guestthat day and accompanied by lots of sparkling wine. At the end of class, you’ll leave with your own jar of preserved goodness plus access to the recipes. If there isn’t a class scheduled at a time that works for you, request one! I will to my best to accommodate you.

Small batch preserving is not only easy, safe and satisfying. it’s also economical and environmentally responsible. Jars are reused rather than being thrown away. Children jam tartsare fascinated with canning. Preserving with children teaches them the values of thriftiness and environmental responsibility, plus it’s just plain fun! Don’t forget that home canned goods make great gifts, too. There’s no feeling quite like admiring your own little stock of home canned goods. I hope you will allow me to show you how simple it is to make small batch preserving a part of your life.

Bon appetit!

France on my mind…a France craft!

It seems like forever since I was in France. With my only daughter’s nuptials taking place this last July, I was very busy in Ohio! With my departure on August 24 for five weeks in France fast approaching, là belle France has been very much on my mind…so much so that I embarked on a France craft!  Last Saturday, I bought this very unattractive canvas print for $2 at a thrift store.


I spray painted it French blue.


I then went to my Cricut Design Space and laid out my new picture. This is the fun part!


Using my beloved Cricut Explore Air, I cut out the design using Cricut vinyl. If you are new to this, it’s a good idea to cut it out first on card stock as a test run.


I then placed the vinyl on the canvas using Cricut transfer tape. This is the tricky part! Even though a 24″ Cricut mat was sufficient for the project, I still used the Cricut slice feature because doing layers can be tricky! 


And here is the finished print! Not fine art by any means, but cheap and fun. 

A bien tôt!