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Friday, December 3, 2010

Canning Butter 101

A grocery store in our area recently put butter on sale for $1.39 a pound.  I had read an article about canning butter in a solar oven so I decided to give it a try.

We had purchased our Global Sun Oven a couple years ago.

I have cooked everything from hamburgers to beans to roast in my solar oven.  I have even baked biscuits in it but canning butter was a new one for me.

The solar oven uses the heat of the sun to cook/bake the food.  It saves electricity and does not heat up the house.  The heating is even so there is no hot spot.  It is easy to use and clean up is a snap-just wipe it out with a damp cloth.

When canning the butter I used half pint jars (each jar holds about half pound of butter).  I sterilized the jars and then packed the butter into the jar.  I added one marble
to each jar, which really helps during the cooling process.  Next I attached the lids and bands to each jar.

I set up the solar oven outside in the sunshine.  Once all the jars were packed with butter and the lids were secure, I put the jars in the Sun Oven and closed the lid.

Depending on the heat of the day, it takes about an hour for the butter to melt and the lids to seal.  Then it was time for the cooling process.  I brought the jars inside and every 10 minutes I shook the jars.  I repeated this for 30 minutes.  Next I put the jars in the refrigerator and continued to shake them every 10 minutes for another 30 minutes.  I checked the lids to make sure I had a good seal on all the jars, and I did.

Success, I now have about 2 dozen jars of butter stored away and with the prices rising so quickly now, I am sure glad I was able to take advantage of this great sale.

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