Recently O Wise One found mushrooms on sale at a local grocery store. We love mushrooms in many dishes and the small 4 ounce cans of mushrooms are expensive to buy. Fresh mushrooms do not last long in the refrigerator. So when we catch mushrooms on sale we like to can our own.
We bought 10 packages or 5 pounds of fresh mushrooms.
First they were removed from the packages and I placed the mushrooms in cold water to soak for a few minutes to remove dirt.
Many of the canned mushrooms you buy are shipped in from overseas and many from China. Not mine! My mushrooms came from the sovereign state of Illinois.
And they even came in recyclable containers. The trimmings went to the chickens and the only thing that went in the trash was the plastic covering and the label.
While my mushrooms were soaking I got my jars clean and ready to go.
Then I washed and sliced my mushrooms.
Then my mushroom slices went into a pot to boil for 15 minutes.
Then I packed my hot mushrooms into hot jelly jars
Into each jar I placed 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon of fruit fresh powder.
Then I wiped my rims to clean them and poured clean boiling water over the mushrooms to cover leaving 1 inch head space.
Remove air bubbles and seal.
Then my hot jars were placed in my pressure canner
I added a second rack and double stacked my canner.
Then I sealed my canner up and cooked my mushrooms on 10 pounds pressure for 45 minutes.
Once the canner had cooled I removed my jars and allowed them to cool overnight.
And there you have it 23 jars of canned mushrooms ready to go into my casseroles, soups and stews, or maybe sauteed in butter with onions to go over those steaks.
No cans of Chinese mushrooms in my pantry.
I bought 10 packages (8 oz) for .98 per carton. A total of 23 jars of canned mushrooms went in my pantry. 21 four once jars and 2 half pints. Cost per jar 42 cents. Average cost for a 4 oz can of mushrooms in the store $1.38.
Blessings from The Holler
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