(No, this isn’t my pantry– but I sure wish that it was! ;))
Canning is no longer just for your grandmother! What was once a practice that was considered only for “old-timers,” is now gaining popularity with the younger crowd. And I love it!
More and more people of all generations are starting to have the desire to learn how to can and improve their food security. Growing a garden and fresh food preservation go hand-in-hand, but growing your own isn’t the only way to get the products you need. You can buy from local farmers, participate in a CSA or find a farmer’s market in your area.
All of the above are great options to get local fresh food that you can use to start your home canning journey. But before you head out to start growing and gathering here are a few posts that should help determine how much food you should be preserving.
- How Much to Plant Per Person in the Garden
- How to Manage Your Garden Harvest (Without Losing Your Mind)
- How to Store a Year’s Worth of Food for Your Family (Without Waste and Overwhelm)
If you have never canned before it can be intimidating but I am here to tell you that there is something deeply fulfilling about preserving fresh food for later. Not to mention being able to see the work of your hands lined up in brightly colored jars on a pantry shelf.
If you really want to start canning but are feeling intimidated or overwhelmed by the thought, know that you are not alone. My Canning Made Easy Course will walk you through the entire canning process from what equipment is needed to how to store your jars when complete.
Canning is one of the EASIEST, SAFEST, and MOST VALUABLE kitchen skills you will learn. Learn More about the Canning Made Easy Course Here.
Canning has become a natural yearly activity here at The Prairie Homestead, but I remember how intimidating and overwhelming the process can seem. That is why I compiled a list of canning tips that were very helpful for me while I was learning how to can.
Six Canning Tips for No-Stress Canning
Canning Tip #1: Start with a Clean Kitchen.
Canning Tip #2: Stay Organized
Canning Tip #3: Allow Yourself Plenty of Time
Canning Tip #4: Follow the Directions!
Canning Tip #5: Have a Canning Party.
Canning Tip #6: Practice Makes Perfect
Start Preserving With These Canning Tips
More about Preserving Fresh Food:
- My Favorite Ways to Preserve Food at Home
- Water Glassing Eggs: How to Preserve Your Fresh Eggs for Long-Term Storage
- Canning Chicken (How to do it Safely)
- Canning Cherries with Honey
- 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes