2 May 2012, 10:07am
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  • Of Food And Love: Bread in a jar

    Cooking is like magic.  You can do things with food that you never thought possible.

    I was talking with my good friend Angie a while back and she asked me if I’d ever heard of ‘canned bread’.  It sounded awful!  All I could think of was a Campbell soup can with bread stuffed inside, all slimy and full of chemicals.  *erp*

    Oh, my I was so wrong.  The more she talked about the the more curious I got.  Finally, I decided that it would be totally awesome if we had a canned bread making date!  Yesterday, we did just that.

    Apple bread in a jar.  We used Fugi apples.

    Angie diced them up nice and small.  We only needed 2 cups but cut up a little extra and munched our way through the cooking process.

    We mixed the batter then greased 11 jars with shortening.

    She filled each jar about 2/3 (if you decide to use only 10 jars you can fill them to the 1 cup line indicated on the jar)

    Pop in the oven at 325 for 45 minutes.  They must turn a nice toasty brown before you take them out.

    Boil the lids in hot water while the bread is cooking and then quickly place each lid on and screw the rings on tight.  Let them cool and eventually you’ll hear the pop, pop, pop of the lid sucking into place.

    Last night we had tea and canned apple bread.  It was delicious.  I’m hooked!  Thanks, Angie :)

    These beauties will keep for a year and you can make different flavors!  Pumpkin, banana, I’m sure you could even do zucchini as well.

    Bread in a Jar  courtesy of  ::  My good friend Angie and her endless knowledge of all things cool!

    2 c. apples, pumpkin or banana**
    2.3 c. shortening OR 1 c. vegetable oil (we used shortening)
    1/2 tsp. baking powder
    2 tsp. baking soda
    1 1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. cloves
    2 2/3 c. sugar
    4 eggs
    3 1/3 c/ all purpose flour

    **if you’re making pumpkin bread add:
    2/3 cups water
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    2/3 c. chopped nuts (or, no nuts)

    Preparation Instructions:
    Cream shortening and sugar, beat in eggs.  (If making pumpkin bread, –> then add pumpkin and water)
    In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients and spices.  Mix well. (If making pumpkin bread, –> then stir the pumpkin and water in)
    Pour dry ingredients in with the creamed sugar, mix well.  Pour in apples and stir.

    Pour mixture into greased, wide mouth pint canning jars, filling half full.  Wipe the rims of each jar so they are clean.
    Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 for 45 min.
    Remove and place hot lids on and screw tight with the rings.

    I’m a germ freak and found this website. I can applesauce and jams and was wondering if this was actually safe to keep for a year. The answer, no. http://extension.psu.edu/food-safety/food-preservation/faq/canning-breads

    2 May 2012, 10:32am
    by Mommy Hobbies


    Aw, Martha. Live a little :) There are more chemicals and germs in the food you buy off the shelf in stores than you would ever imagine. Rat poop, mice crawling all over the fruit, even if you wash it…honestly.
    If you are afraid of this recipe, it’s ok! There are other eager, germ eaters, like myself who would gladly make this and eat it. I highly doubt my bread will sit in my cupboard for a year because it’s really, really good. You should come over for tea some time and we’ll eat it together ;) !

    It does look good and I might make it when I have gifts to give. I love giving homemade gifts. I had a bad experience with eatting food that was not “safe” and it’s hard to get that out of your mind.

    2 May 2012, 12:34pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    oh, good! I’m glad you’re open to giving it a go. Yes, they are perfect for giving away! It makes me want to put together a little care package for someone, just for the fun of it!

    2 May 2012, 11:47am
    by Carissa Jackson


    Very cool idea! Especially for “gifting” :)

    I saw something similar on Pinterest. I also agree about living a little and forgoing the germs. Ha! We consume so much trash and we don’t even know it. I’m going to risk bread in a jar!


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