Growing and canning your own food can be difficult at first, but the benefits far outweigh the effort. Here are a few reasons why you should consider canning your own food at home :
- Health : Concern for BPA in many commercial canned foods, such as tomatoes, is on the rise. If you can your own, you will know what kind of storage you’ve used.
- Eco-Friendly : Mason jars are reusable, and you will therefore have less waste from packaged foods. Also, if you’re canning from your own garden, there are no transportation costs with getting the food to you.
- Financial : Do you know how much it costs to make jam? A lot less than what they sell it for in the store. If you have extra in the garden, or even if you just bulk buy in-season, you can save quite a bit of money!
- Necessity : If you want to live off the land, or try off-grid living, canning is a necessity. It’s not as common as in the past, but many people do still use canning provide their family’s basic needs year round.
- Gifts : Come Christmas time, you will have a well-stocked pantry of jams, jellies, and other canned goodies as a solid back-up plan to cover everyone on your list! Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade gift.
- Quality & Taste : Nothing in the store is going to taste as good as something grown in your own garden and canned in your kitchen. You’re getting the food at its peak season, and the flavor is going to reflect that.
Review our Home Canning 101 lesson, complete with a unit study for the kids, and start canning today! If you're a newbie, may we suggest trying pickles or freezer jam first?
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- Beginner's Utensil Set
- Waterbath Canner, Chrome-Plated Rack & 4-Piece Utensil Set
- The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home
- The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling
- Preserving Summer's Bounty: Freezing, Canning, and Preserving, and Drying What You Grow
- The Busy Person's Guide to Preserving Food: Instructions for Freezing, Drying, and Canning
If you're already a seasoned canner, try a new recipe this year. Have you used the pressure canner? Mastering the pressure canner will open up a new world of possibilities for your home pantry.
Here are all of our Recipes & Tips for Home Canning.