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Home Canning of Pumpkin not USDA recommended

I found this post this morning at "Not Quite so June Cleaver June Cleaver" about home canning pumpkin puree and/or pumpkin butters; I thought it would be good to share it hear since we talk a lot about home canning. Basically don't "can" pumpkin or squash but you can freeze the purree for storage.

 http://www.notquitejunecleaver.com/2009/10/friday-baking-with-notquitejunecleaver-recipes-for-october-16-23/

 

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I get one or two "cheese" pumpkins when I can. Last year I scored a "blue hubbard". Unfortunately I left it in the basement for too long and it went bad. Oh, what a stench - we thought something had died down there! Tongue out

 

When I get around to them in time Undecided I roast them whole in the oven, and freeze the puree after letting it drain a bit.

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I've done the pumpkin cubes in pints many times and have never had any trouble, and haven't had any keeping problems, either.  Now, I've never tried any purees...

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Pumpkin butter?  *perk*   Recipe for pumpkin butter perhaps??

Margret

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I canned pumpkin last  month from the instructions in my canning book. We obtained an old National #7 canner (circa 1946) and ordered new seals and an instruction book for that model from the Presto Canning Company. Since then I have canned meats and pumpkin with it. I use the water bath canner for fruits. Anyway, the book had instructions on how to can raw pumpkin. I ended up with 13 quarts from 5 medium sized pumpkins.

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Can you tell me why my sourcrout spoils ? Every year! What a waste!

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i think that it is spelled SAURKRAUT..it is a german word...just thought that i would help you out

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If we're going to be technical, it's sauerkraut.

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listen    i was not trying to get technical.  i was only helping the woman spell out a few words.....GET A LIFE

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Alrighty girls... this has always been a "friendly" website....shall we try to keep it that way? Thank-you so much!

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sorry barb....didn't mean to get snippy.....broke the left wrist on monday and i am now doing''hunt and peck'' until i get this cast off (it is a half cast til the full one is put on next tuesday.)  the happy pills are really kicking in to help with the painLaughing

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I just thought it was funny that nancy44 "corrected" someone else but had it wrong as well.  Didn't mean to ruffle feathers.  

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You'll find all sort of errors here if ya look - grammar, spellings, most of us are OK with that, occasionally some English major comes along and says something about it - my style is going to be different from anyone elses, that's what makes this sight special - it's just a place where you can be you.  Pull up your favorite comfy chair, a nice throw and a good stiff cup of jo, tea or caoco. And come in for some conversation!   

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I am sorry, I hadn't been monitoring this thread.  I've said before that we are not being graded on spelling/grammar, etc on this site.  Had I seen the comment from Nancy earlier, I would have pulled it.  Apologies to Donna.  If you want to spell it SOURCROUT, that is fine with me and everyone else.  Being on happy pills, strung up on heroine, none of that is an excuse for rudeness and I won't allow it on this site.

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Thank you, Kevin. I am totally new here (only 1 week), and I was taken aback by some of the posters. Anyhow, I love this website, I love its contents, I am learning a lot and I made it my homepage, so everyday I start my day reading this site.

I am a good cook, did not start that way, in fact, I used to be gastronomically challenged five kids ago, but you know what they say about life, lemons and tequila.......err.....lemonade.

Keep up the good work, Kevin, and all the posters, paraphrasing Rodney King........'can't we all get along'?   Cool

Have an awesome day!!!!

ps: please forgive any errors in my spelling, grammar as English is not my first language.

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Welcome, Irene!  What is your first language?

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Thanks Kevin for the welcoming words!

My first language(s) are both Hebrew and Spanish. 

I truly enjoy this website, and your books, and the chronicles of the Eicher family. I learn so much!!

Shalom!

Irene

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i am saying that i am sorry that i said anything that may have caused anyone any hurt feelings and this goes out to DONNA and the rest of the site regulars and also to kevinEmbarassed

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Thanks for the encouragement, kjunebug.  I needed that Smile

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I am not sure how you make it, but a few months back I posted how we make ours. If you want to go back in the posts and read it, it may help. My guess would be that you don't use enough salt, or it gets too much air while fermenting. Temperature also plays a key role in fermentation. If for some reason, you cannot find the post with instuction, say so, and I'll redo it. Saurkraut isn't hard..just tempermental and time consuming(at first..then you can forget about it for about a month or so). I'll help if I can!

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Lovina cans her own pumpkin, as do many Amish home-makers...probably they don't do it in USDA recommended ways....

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Most of the time I follow guidelines as my husband says I'm a dictator about my canning.  There are a few things that I can where I don't follow the rules and so far I've been lucky.

I understand why USDA says not to make the pumpkin into the pie filling but I've made pumpkin butter and it's always held up well.

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We have canned our pumpkin for years.  The recipe we use is included in the latest Ball 125th anniversary canning book.  We have never had a problem and we cut it in cubes and can it in quart jars.

Forgot to add we puree the cubes and add the seasoning when we make the pies.

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i know it said that it is not recommeded. I don't can a lot of pumpkin but still can some in pints . i never had a problem with it. Although there is always a chance . I don't like freezing pumpkin  It becomes too watery for my liking.

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I agree with you about frozen pumpkin. I pressure can mine in pints..that and dry beans are the only things I do pressure can. I know recommended procedures, but don't like the over-cooked outcome. I would never tell anyone NOT to follow USDA guidelines, alot of them I choose not to though. I figure it's my choice.

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I froze puree last year and it wasn't watery- I froze 5 Cups yesterday; the 6th ended up in pumpkin muffins for this AM, with a maple cream icing (yum!).  I thought it would be interesting to bring up the topic here as we chat a great deal about home canning.  I froze mine last year as a small quantity - in quart sized zipper freezer bags, flattening them out and letting air out. Much easier than dragging out the canner.  I dry roast the pumpkin on a parchmant lined large baking sheet with sides (a jelly roll pan)- I let it roast for a about half the time, then I added water to the baking sheet, to add a little moisture.  The water in the pumpkin evaporates in the heat of the oven.  It makes a nice thick puree.

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the pumpkin muffins sound so good!  we have no extra room in our freezer but if we ever get a bigger freezer I will be sure to try pumpkin your way!  sounds so easy.