Sustainable Food, Plant a Tree – The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener Straight to the Point

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Joey talks about the importance of growing sustainable fruit.

Slow Cooker Pear or Apple Butter – Canning What You Grow

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Holly shows how to make and can pear butter in the slow cooker. Same method can be used for making apple butter.

8 pounds whole apples or pears
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cinnamon sticks

Clean, peel, and roughly chop pears.
In batches, puree pears in a food processor or blender, transfer to slow cooker.
Mix in sugar with pear puree.
Add cinnamon sticks.
Turn slow cooker on low and let it sit for 6-24 hours, until desired consistency is reached. You can remove the lid for faster cooking.
Once pear butter is ready prepare jars, rings, lids and a hot water bath canner. Be sure to remove cinnamon sticks.
Once pear butter is almost to a boil fill pint jars leaving ¼ inch headspace. Process in half pints or pints for 10 minutes.
Recipe will yield approximately 4 half-pints but can be doubled.

Canning Homemade Tomato Soup – Canning What You grow

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Holly shows how to easily make and can tomato soup

Tomato Soup Recipe

8 quarts ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered (20-25 lbs)
2 cups onion, chopped
1 cup green bell pepper chopped
5-10 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup fresh basil
2 tbsp canning salt
Bottled lemon juice for acidification
Dried Italian seasoning to taste

Wash tomatoes, remove stems and cores. Crush and simmer. Add other vegetables to pot. Add no more than 3 cups of vegetables for every 22 pounds of tomatoes.
Heat everything to a rapid boil and simmer 20 minutes. Stir often.
Strain through a food mill or a fine sieve to separate juice from skins and seeds. Blend prior to straining if desired.
Return to stove and heat for 10 minutes, cook longer if thicker consistency is desired.
To sterile, hot jars add lemon juice — 1 tbsp per pint, 2 tbps per quart.
Carefully ladle hot soup in jars leaving ½ inch headspace. Wipe rims, adjust 2 piece lids.
Process jars in a boiling water bath canner. Pints for 35 minutes, quarts for 40 minutes.
Check seal, remove ring, and label for long term storage.
Yields approximately 10 quarts or 20 pints.
Recipe adapted from Tomatoes Tart and Tasty by Barbara Ingham (UWExtension)