Many of the questions I often get asked this time of year is about canning.
So, many people want to learn how to can various fruits and vegetables and I love that. I love the fact that canning is gaining in popularity.
I grew up with a mom that canned. She would can several hundred quarts of fruits and vegetables every year. What she canned was what we ate during the winter months. She canned all kinds of things.
She canned peaches, pears, applesauce, green beans, tomatoes, corn, cherries, all kinds of pie fillings, jams, jellies, and even meats and fish. And I am sure I am missing a few things that she canned over the years. We basically ate what we grew and preserved.
I spent many hours watching and helping my mom can during the summer and fall. From snapping beans and pitting cherries, to loading and sterilizing jars. I have watched and helped in the process many times.
I have also done some canning on my own as an adult. I canned jams and jellies, tomatoes, salsa, and a few other things. I love home canned food and know how to can.
The process of canning fruits and vegetables is not hard, but it does take some time to learn. And it is something I think that is hard to learn by reading a blog post. It is best learned hands on.
So, my best advice for those wanting to learn to can is to find someone in your area that knows how to can. Find a family member or friend that has been doing it for years. Ask if they can teach you. Volunteer to help them can some of their fruits and vegetables in exchange for teaching you how it is done.
Preserving fruits and vegetables is a skill that most people will gladly take the time to teach to others. You just need to ask.
If you can not find anyone to help show you how to can, there are some good resources. Ball has several great books that include step by step directions and recipes. One of the books I have and love is Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.
You can also find very helpful information online, but be sure to get it from a reputable source, like the Ball website.
Now, I would love to hear what you have to say about canning. Do you know how to can? If so what do you can? And what would be your tips for those wanting to learn.