The Ball freshTECH Automatic Home Canning System

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When I first decided to review the Ball freshTECH Automatic Home Canning System, I was honestly a little nervous and overwhelmed by the whole idea of canning. My grandmother was an expert canner with a colorful collection of preserved foods that were delicious and

fresh when opened. It was the kind of freshness that you couldn’t get in a store and I wanted to mimic what she did, but I was afraid it would be hours of work and I was worried about preserving the food correctly. Thankfully, canning proved to be a very positive experience and it is something that I will continue to do in the future.

THE BALL FRESHTECH HOME CANNING SYSTEM

The Ball freshTECH Automatic Home Canning System was complete with a cookbook!

The Ball freshTECH Automatic Home Canning System has everything you need, even a cookbook!

First, I checked out the Ball freshTECH cookbook that came with my Ball freshTECH Automatic Home Canning System. They had some great recipes like Champagne Blush Jelly, Lemony Strawberry Jam, and Fiesta Salsa. There were also delicious pickle, barbeque sauce, and tomato sauce recipes in the cookbook. All of the recipes were very easy to follow; the recipes have even been tested and proven to work with the freshTECH system.

After looking through the Ball freshTECH cookbook. I decided to try the Bruschetta in a Jar recipe. The ingredients were easy to find. Next, I had to find the correct jar to can my creation in. There are regular mouth and wide mouth jars and the jars come in a variety of sizes. For example, it is best to can a jam or jelly in an eight-ounce regular mouth jar, but tomatoes and peaches are better preserved in a 32-ounce wide mouth jar.

Once I shopped for my jars and ingredients, I came home to my freshTECH and cleaned it out, read the directions, and made sure I had all of the correct pieces. Like I said this was totally foreign to me, so I really checked everything out before I got started.

I organized all of the ingredients for my "Bruschetta in a Jar" before I got started.

I organized all of the ingredients for my Bruschetta in a Jar before I got started.

It was go time; I filled the inner pot of the freshTECH with water and pre-heated my jars. I pressed “Pre-heat” on my freshTECH, locked the top and then I made my bruschetta recipe.

I filled the inner pot with water and inserted the empty jars to prepare them for preheating.

I filled the inner pot with water and inserted the empty jars to prepare them for preheating.

Once my bruschetta was all made, I unlocked the appliance and gently removed each jar with the jar lifter since the jars were warm from being pre-heated.

Each jar was carefully removed with the jar lifter after preheating.

Each jar was carefully removed with the jar lifter after preheating.

After removing each jar, I filled each jar with the bruschetta, making sure that I left enough headspace. Headspace is the space left at that top of the jar, each recipe might call for different amounts of headspace, this recipe just needed me to keep a ½ inch open. Once I had filled the jar correctly, I placed a lid and band on the jar and I tightened it and returned it to the freshTECH. I did this with every jar until the appliance was filled.

Once the freshTECH was filled I pressed the correct settings and it was time for the canner to do the work.

Once the freshTECH was filled, I pressed the correct settings and it was time for the canning system to do the work.

Then all I had to do was lock the jars in the freshTECH and press “Salsas” and “Recipe 2” and then the “Start” button and I was in business. Forty minutes later, I had perfectly preserved bruschetta. I removed each jar from the freshTECH and then allowed them to cool. After 24 hours, I checked to see if my jars had sealed, I knew my can was sealed when the jar lid did not flex when touched. If the jar did not seal correctly, I had the option of refrigerating the jar and eating the contents immediately or I could reprocess the jar in the appliance. Thankfully, everything sealed for me the first time and now I am much more confident to try the machine again.

Once the freshTECH was finished I pressed "Stop" and opened the lid of the canning system to check on my "Bruschetta in a Jar."

Once the freshTECH was finished I pressed “Stop” and opened the lid of the canning system to check on my Bruschetta in a Jar.

 

I carefully removed each jar from the freshTECH when they were finished.

I carefully removed each jar from the freshTECH when they were finished.

 

My jars were filled and successfully preserved.

My jars were filled and successfully preserved.

The freshTECH basically froze my food in time. I can’t wait to preserve vegetables from the garden in the summer. At first, I was worried that preserving food would take forever, but ultimately I see how this product could be a time saver. Now I have fresh bruschetta for my son’s birthday party, the Fourth of July, and even Thanksgiving! I think the freshTECH Automatic Home Canning System is a wonderful way to create fresh recipes. My favorite thing about canning is that I know the ingredients are fresh and I can name every ingredient in the recipe. It makes me feel confident that I will be providing my family with healthy fresh foods for the year to come.

A week later, I opened my first jar and enjoyed some fresh bruschetta.

A week later, I opened my first jar and enjoyed some fresh bruschetta.


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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her son, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Currently, Melanie keeps active by chasing after her super energetic two year old. She loves to try new things with her son and she enjoys seeing the world through his eyes. In her “free time” she loves to write, teach Mommy and Me yoga classes, sell Thirty-One, and create Home Décor and Wreaths for her Etsy shop, Burlap By The Beach, www.etsy.com/burlapbythebeach. You can also find Melanie blogging about motherhood at www.moveitmommy.com.

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