Canners, no need to heat those lids
The directions for water-bath canning at www.freshpreserving.com have made one step easier: You no longer need to preheat lids before putting them on the jars.
According to a note added to the directions, research has found Ball and Kerr lids don’t need to be heated to soften the sealing compound.
You still need to follow the other steps for safe canning, though. Find the steps at www.freshpreserving.com/waterbath-canning. Kathleen Purvis
Raise a beer for fallen soldiers
When you buy a can of Dog Tag Brewing, check the back. Every can has the name of a soldier who died in action, and a percentage of sales go to charities picked by the soldier’s family. The lager and IPA are $1.75 a can at Good Bottle Co. Also look for it at Solstice Tavern, Common Market, Bodega and Total Wine stores. KP
In CLT: Helen Schwab samples the dishes at Draft Charlotte and Olde Mecklenburg.