There were a couple of questions so I want to make sure everyone has all the info. Even those of you too shy to comment. At least I’m assuming there are a few more readers than those that comment.
Canning really is that easy. It takes a little bit of equipment, a bit of counter space, and a bunch of time. I’d say time is the biggest thing you’ll be giving to do canning. Oh, and if you’re buying your veggies and fruits, it’s a bit of an investment money wise but it will pay off over the winter months. You won’t be buying this stuff later on.
I did a couple of searches to find informational sites online for you
How to Can
and this one also has a listing of where you can get fresh produce in your state:
Pick your own – canning info
I also looked up a site that sells alot of the equipment.
Or you can simply get an all inclusive canning set. Not that you need a complete setup but sometimes it’s nice to have everything all in one set to get started.
Full Canning setup
I’m not recommending any specific site to buy your stuff from, and I’m also not saying you shouldn’t buy new online or wherever you can find it. I bought my boiling bath set at a yard sale. The Pressure canners are harder to find at a yard sale. The jars are usually on sale this time of year at places like True Value and Aubuchon Hardware stores. I checked the price in my area and Aubuchon was $2 per 12 pack cheaper than the grocery.
There are safety precautions, this is food after all. So read the sites I’ve listed or get a book from your library. THIS is a book that I have and I find it very helpful. I like the guide in the back the most. It runs through all the veggies and fruits and lists basic packing, canning methods, times and or pressures to can at. It’s the book that I have sitting out while I’m canning. Because I can never seem to remember this stuff year to year.
My job will be done if at least one of you out there gets into canning. I like to eat. I’m so not into domestic chores, but I love to eat. This is why I do all the cooking and canning like this. I like to know what’s in my food as opposed to buying it prepackaged. In any given grocery trip we buy very little if any pre-packaged foods. Sure it takes time up front to can but if you think about it, in the winter when I really get the bug to knit and spin, I don’t have as much prep cooking to do. I have cans of sauce or veggies for pasta, pickles for snacks, veggies for side dishes, fruits for smoothies or desserts, salsa for snacks or to go with a meal….
I’ll be back tomorrow with more knitting and fiber stuff.