Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Good Morning~Canning and Writing!

As usual, I've been rearranging, de-cluttering (not as much as I should), and generally trying to make things a little more organized around the cabin. The heat has been horrid, so working inside most of the day has been my only option. I think we may be in for a cool down~highs in the upper 90s!

Have any of you heard of oven canning to preserve dried foods? I'm not talking about actual canning of fruits, vegetables, etc. This involved setting your oven to 200 degrees, filling sterilized jars with dry food you purchased at the store, such as oatmeal, beans, rice, even boxed cereal, such as Cheerios.

Put the jars on a cookie sheet in the 200 degree oven for one hour, then take out one jar at a time, put on clean, dry, sterilized lid (after wetting rim of jar with damp towel), and screw on the ring. This should seal your jar and you've also done away with any bugs hatching out in your food. Supposedly, this will keep the food sealed and good to eat for years. I haven't tried it yet, but I think I'm going to experiment with it on a few items.

In writing news, though I have no release date as of yet, the cover for my Christmas novella, Christmas in Coyote County, has arrived. Nicola Martinez, Editor-in-Chief of White Rose Publishing, did a fantastic job of capturing the fun nature of the story! Thank you, Nicola!!


  1. Mary I've never heard of this. What kind of food do you mean? It has to be dried first? blessings, marlene

  2. I am with Marlene, don't quite get it. Has to be dry food?

  3. Lea, it is a process that is supposed to extend the shelf life of food like beans, oatmeal, flour, etc. I just wondered if anyone had ever done it. I'd never heard of it until I read an article about it.

  4. I have a friend who actually 'cans' his tomatoes and such in the oven. He said he learned it from the old timers!

  5. Congratulations on your novella getting published! It sounds like an interesting book. I've never heard of canning in the oven before, either.

  6. Interesting idea about the food-I may try it too.

    I LOVE LOVE the cover!!!! I can't wait to read it : )