It may seem early but I have some ideas for Christmas gifts for the Canner in your life. We get lots of calls this time of year from people that need a resource that has tested recipes. The So Easy To Preserve canning book from the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Georgia is a perfect gift. All the recipes were scientifically tested and if the canner follows them exactly, they are guaranteed to have both a good and safe result. This book is available through the UGA Marketplace on-line store. If you purchase through the University of Georgia, the cost will be $20.00,which includes shipping and handling.
Almost anyone with a hobby can use more tools. Your canning friend may need an updated canner. New canners are readily available this time of year and may even be on sale for the end of the season. Remember that if you purchase a pressure canner with a dial gauge that the gauge should be tested yearly. Many county Extension and Outreach offices in Iowa perform the yearly tests. Call us at AnswerLine and we can help you find someone to test your gauge. Weighted gauge canners never need testing. Wide mouthed funnels make filling jars easier and headspace tools make it easy to have the correct amount of headspace inside of a jar. You may find these and other tools on sale, too.
Often recipes call for amounts of vegetables by weight. A new digital scale that is easy to use and easy to clean would make a great gift. A new thermometer, digital and instant read can ensure your canning friends get ingredients to exactly the right temperature. These thermometers come in several styles. You can purchase a folding thermometer that has a thin probe, or a smaller one that can easily clip inside shirt pocket. Either one would be a handy addition to your canning friend’s tool kit.
While there are many other options for gifts, this list may help you get started finding something special for someone special in your life. Merry Christmas.