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Q and A: pint and a half jars and processing choke cherries

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Pint and a half jars and processing choke cherries

I just recently bought the new tall pint and half jars, but realized there are no instructions out there on canning with them. Should I just round up to the times used for a quart with these jars?

Next question: I recently picked up a used Victorio food mill on EBay. I tried using it to get the pulp out of chokecherries, but the funnel and plastic spiral got totally jammed and I kept having to remove and clean it out. Is there a specific way to use the Victorio for getting the pulp from chokecherries?

Cathy Holcombe
Ault, Colorado

Yep, that’s what I do with odd-sized jars. Always choose the safest time when faced with a choice.

I’ve never found a way to use my Victorio strainer for chokecherries. What I do with mine is simmer them soft in a large pot. Then cool them down and press through a wire sieve. I use my hand to work them back and forth to get the pulp out but you might want to wear plastic gloves; my hand usually ends up purple for a couple of days! — Jackie

One Response to “Q and A: pint and a half jars and processing choke cherries”

  1. mdoe37 Says:

    My mother always canned tomato juice in those pint and a halfs….and referred to them as quarts. I was an adult doing my own canning, bought jars and realized they weren’t the same!!

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