There are SO many reasons why we should learn to can/bottle our own food, such as:
Is this your first time canning? If so, then there is some basic equipment you will need:
There are other kinds of optional equipment that you may want to acquire as you experience canning different types of foods, such as an apple peeler. (I can't live without mine!)
Whether you are an experienced canner or just beginning, my friend, Sharon's latest ebook is mandatory. I've been canning for years (more than I can count) but I've never been as organized as I should be or could be. The Pantry Journal takes the guess-work out of preserving your own food — especially after the first year of keeping track using the Planner worksheets.
Not only does The Canner Planner help you to know how much to can for a year or two, Sharon provides worksheets to keep track of what you planted in your garden, what worked and what didn't, and where you found bushels of fresh fruit or vegetables locally.
There are charts giving altitude adjustments, measurement conversions, plus syrup recipes and how to substitute with honey.
Click over to Sharon's website and get your copy of the Pantry Journal — before you get too far into your canning this year! Organization and planning makes the whole process easier every year!
Food preservation, whichever methods are used, must always be done as safely as possible. Canning provides a method of preservation that can be very safe, providing the "rules" are followed.
Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning will start you out on the right track learning the "rules" of safely canning your own food.
This ebook takes you step-by-step through every canning process:
Follow along in Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning and you will soon have your own shelves full of freshly canned peaches, tomatoes, pickles, salsa, pears, apricots, and even meats. And all done safely!
The general rule is that most fruits can be canned with the boiling water bath method and vegetables and meats must be canned in a pressure canner.
The water bath canner should be large enough to process foods with at least 2 inches above the jar lid. Foods must be processed for a specific number of minutes which is determined by the food product and especially by the altitude where you live. Processing at sea level takes less time than processing at higher altitudes.
Canning kills most foodborne illness microorganisms except Clostridium botulinum (botulism) which is found in all foods and even the soil where food is grown. (See Pressure Canner Method)
Although a pressure canner can hold the same number of bottles as a water bath canner, the higher temperature and pressure provides a safer method of canning low acid foods, like vegetables and meat. The same rule applies: the cooking time must be increased for higher altitudes. Follow the instructions that come with your canner.
Heating food to a temperature of more than 240 °F will kill the botulism spores that cause illness. That's why it's important to use a pressure canner for low acid foods which will heat the food to more than 240 °F. The spores cannot live or multiply in temperatures over 240 °F.
Need more recipes? Sharon has put together another ebook that will give you ideas on combining all the great foods you have canned or dehydrated into delicious soups.
Using these recipes will give you a chance to use and rotate your food storage. It's easy to make a soup out of whatever you have in your storage.
If you love soups for the winter months like I do, download the ebook, Simple Soups. Throw your home canned or dehydrated ingredients into a crock pot, mix up a batch of homemade bread, and savor your supper in front of a warm fireplace for a perfect fall or winter evening!
Are you an avid hunter?
If you have canned or frozen your venison or elk meat, then you need to download this ebook, Elk and Venison Recipes, From the Field to the Table.
These recipes are family-tested for deliciousness and graded as A+!
Using varied cooking methods, such as crock pot, cast iron skillet, or casseroles, you are sure to find the perfect recipe that your family will love.
Download it now, before you bring home your prize elk or deer!
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