My aunt canned all the time growing up, in fact she has a room in her basement devoted to her canned goods! She would can all sorts of stuff, from jams and preserves to salsa to pickles and green beans. I remember thinking how cool that was and as I got older and more into making everything from scratch (i.e. no processed junk), I told myself that I would learn how to can one day.
Well, that day has finally come! We got a TON of cucumbers from our CSA so I decided to make and can pickles with them. A friend of mine told me about a microwave bread and butter pickle recipe so I thought I would try it.
Well, microwaving the pickles to make them worked really well. Canning them in the microwave however? Not so much! I know, I know, you're not supposed to put metal in the microwave. However, you can put it in there as long as it doesn't touch the sides. After doing some Googling on microwave canning, I decided it was worth a try. The jar on the left is the one that was microwaved. It didn't work so well. The lid dented and definitely didn't create a seal. After that fiasco, I decided to can them the old fashioned way. I don't have canning equipment, so I used my large stock pot. Worked like a charm. I can't wait to start canning other stuff the rest of the summer!