Any Lower Cost Pressure Canners?
Hi everyone! I've stocked up! I have regular pectin, low sugar pectin, liquid pectin and finally located Pamona too!! I'm ready to rock and will finally get a jam/pie filling to set right if it's the last thing I do lol!!
Pectin aside, I've been thinking of a pressure canner. I was just laid off and until I can find another job, am looking for ways to save money. I have a fair sized garden and while I don't grow tons, I do have more than I can use fresh and would like to preserve as much as I can - the grocery bills are killing me!! I do have a separate, large freezer so I don't necessarily NEED a pressure canner, but was wondering if the quality and texture of certain things are better canned than frozen? For example, I grow those flat, Italian style green beans. They are sublime when fresh, but after blanching and freezing, they pretty much were mush. If I could keep them closer to fresh by canning them instead of freezing, that would be great. However, pressure canners seem to be very expensive. Being out of work now, I hesitate to spend between $250-$300 on a pressure canner if I can pretty much get the same results with freezing.
I was thrilled to see that my local grocery store has jars, lids, and the regular standard pectins for sale. They had 12 Ball jars, half pint, pint, or quart, for $6.99! I paid $15.95 for 12 when I first got them last year, so at $6.99, I'm stocking up on sizes!!
Anyway, my largest weekly bill seems to be groceries so anywhere I can save is great. Besides, I want to take advantage of being home and having the time to do things instead of being crazed after work and trying to cram everything in on the weekends!! Thanks so much!