This post is filled with ideas for Canning for Beginners, specifically water bath canning. It’s the easiest way to start preserving food. And it’s easy to learn. Promise!Summer is here and the fruits and are growing at the ranch. The Farmers Market is filling up with lots of goodies, too, so canning is very much on my mind. I’ve been doing it for years, starting with learning how to preserve foods with the water bath method.
For a while, canning seemed to fall out of favor, but it’s come back… with a vengeance. For a lot reasons for sure. Having that extra food in the pantry is makes you feel good, knowing that there’s always something to feed the family with. It can save money on the grocery bill, especially if you’re growing that food yourself. But mostly, I think people are coming back to canning is because they like good food and knowing what’s in the food their eating (unlike eating commercially processed foods).
If you new to canning and wondering what it takes, I’ve put together what you need to know–and start–from a lot of savvy canners. Ready?
First, Water Bath Canning vs. Pressure Canning
Not all foods can be canned in the same way. Water bath canning is generally used for high acid foods, while pressure canning makes sure your low-acid foods are safe to eat. It’s important to understand the difference and how you’re using one versus the other. source
Canning Supplies You’ll Need
Canning Temperature and Times
This list of FAQ and temperature and canning times from the National Center for Food Preservations is a must save if you want to start canning. source.
Water Canning 101
I love this simple tutorial from Food in Jars. Canning really is this simple. source.
Download this Water Bath Canning Infographic
There is lots of interesting info in this Fix post, but it’s the infographic on water bath canning that’s the keeper. Download, print, cut it out and stick inside your favorite canning book. Don’t have one of those yet? Check below for my favorites. source.
My Favorite Canning Books
Grab Your Free Canning Book
Also, make sure your grab your free copy of the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2015 revision. Yes, it is free.
Another Chart to Download – High Acid Foods to Cans
Most universities and extensions have great canning information. PennState is no different. I like their list of high acid foods. That’s generally fruits, tomatoes (red only usually) and acid modified (pickles, pickles, pickles). source.
How to Store Your New Canned Food
You and your family may gobble up your newly canned food fairly fast, but if not, here’s some info you want to know about how long you can safely store your canned food. source
Your First Home Canning Recipe – Applesauce
An Applesauce recipe is probably the first things most home canners start with. And it’s not even much of a recipe. Happy Money Saver shows you how easy it is. source.
Learning to can is a simple skill and once you know how there’s a lot you can do. Generally, every year (I have a crop), I can applesauce, apples for pie, pears (oh, and ginger pears, yum!), and if I’m lucky, tomatoes. Come mid-winter, all those great-tasting foods are very much appreciated.
I hope you’ve been inspired to canning. You’ll be glad you did.
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