Canning two different things at once
Can I pressure can two different things at the same time? For instance if I have only 4 qts. of beans could I also place several jars of stew meat or ground beef in with them to fill the canner? I would use pressure and time requirements for the meat.
Yes, you could but the food requiring much less processing time would become overcooked and possibly mushy. If you do this, plan on choosing two foods with like processing times instead. For instance, can up ground beef with chicken breasts or roast beef with stewing meat or chili con carne. — Jackie
Wire bale jars
Is it possible to pressure can using the old fashioned wire bail canning jars? If so, would you clamp down the wire bail completely before canning?
Bradley & Rhona Barrie
Sorry, but you can not pressure can in wire bale jars. These are for fruits, jams, and pickles only. You won’t be able to tell if the jars are truly sealed as you can when the centers of two piece lids indent firmly in the center. This lack of sealing, coupled with the possibility of the vacuum forming in glass-topped jars breaking the tops/jars, makes pressure canning in them very unsafe. — Jackie