preserving the harvest


We were given an abundance of mandarin oranges several days ago. Everyone in our family loves them so we were eating them daily. However, there were so many I was afraid they would ruin before we could finish them. 
What to do? Pull out the water bath canner! This is super easy and would be great for a beginner that wasn’t sure what to do.

All I did was peel the oranges removing as much of the pith as possible. Separate into segments and place into your clean, sterilized jars. Cover with boiling water (or simple syrup* ), place the lids and rings. Put the jars into a boiling water bath canner, making sure the water completely covers the jars by one to two inches. Return to a boil and let stay for 15 minutes. 
When the 15 minutes is finished, remove the jars and place on a towel to cool completely. After 24 hours, remove the rings and place in your storage. 
* These mandarin oranges were very sweet so I decided not to add the additional sugar. If you prefer, you can make a simple syrup by using a ratio of 2:1 water to sugar, heated until the sugar is completely dissolved. 

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