Home Canning Made Easy

Home Canning is an art that has been used for preserving food from a garden or market for many years. It’s not expensive to do, it’s easy and it can be gratifying. The shelves will be stocked practically all year round with vegetables and fruits. The grocery bill will show considerable savings. Plus, no more rushing to the market as soon as the strawberries hit the shelf only to find that they are all sold out. They will be available all year round and still taste fresh-picked.

Home Canning Guide Learn How to Can Your Own Food

2 Ways of Canning

 

  • Water Bath Canning: Water bath canning is the most popular and the simplest form of canning. Water bath canning is used for tomatoes, green beans, fruits, jellies, jams, preserves and pickled foods to name a few.
  • Pressure Canning: This type of canning uses a special equipment called pressure canner.

 

Getting Started with Water Bath Canning

 

  • Purchase a 21-quart water bath canner with canning rack and cleanse thoroughly.
  • Purchase glass preserving jars such as the mason jars bulk. Wash in hot sudsy water, rinse then sterilize with boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • Prepare lids and bands according to directions.
  • Prepare only enough food needed to fill the jars per 1 canner load.
  • Place clean sterilized jars on cloth towels while filling. Do not pick up droppings off towels and add to jars.
  • Fill jars with food leaving specified headspace. Do not pack food or overfill.
  • Add salt to canned vegetables (optional) and use ¼ to ½ tsp per pint or ½ to 1 tsp per quart.
  • Pour boiling liquid or boiling water over food leaving specified headspace.
  • Use a plastic utensil to remove bubbles by going around the sides of the jar.
  • Wipe the jar rim with a clean damp cloth to clean any food particles off the rim that could prevent jar from sealing properly.
  • Apply lid and screw band on jars by tightening according to instructions.
  • Set jars into the canner rack. Jars should not be touching each other.

 

Home Canning Recipes

After preparing all of the above, you are now ready to start the canning process. Make sure you know what you are doing during the canning process. Carefully follow canning procedures and observe proper hygiene to avoid contaminating the food.

 

Home Canning takes time but pays off in the long run. It is more of a hobby than work when you get use to it. The cupboards or pantry can be the most beautiful part of the kitchen and carry the most pride. So, what are you waiting for? Try it now!