In the last few articles we have discussed the bare basics of food preservation and it is now time to engage in some serious canning processes. Let’s pretend that we are now standing in the kitchen and glancing at some pretty good-looking vegetables that have been previously picked from our garden. It would be a serious mistake to let all this good food go to waste so our goal will be to can each and every one of them.
Home canning can either be an incredibly expensive hobby or an amazing moneysaver. Learn how to can your own food while saving money at the same time.
When an emergency situation strikes we are almost certain to lose our capability to keep foods frozen and cold. When it gets to that point we stand to not only waste a lot of food but possibly go hungry in the process. In the event of power failure we would start our food consumption off by using up what meats and products are in our freezer first. Ice may be available for a very short period of time after the onset of a disaster but after that we are essentially on our own.
Canning is a great way to save money and feed your family healthy foods. In just a few easy steps, you can be on your way to canning your own food!
Traditionally my family and I have used empty glass mayonnaise jars for canning in the past. Before you jump all over my case let me say I know it is not a recommended method but I have never had any of those jars break on me. I would not recommend their use for pressure canning in any way but for the normal water bath canning they work just fine. The problem these days is that all the previous glass jar products are now using plastic. With these new plastic jars it is difficult to remove the odors which are absorbed into the plastic from the products that it previously contained. I can’t even use the new jars for dehydrated foods.
Tomatoes have long been known to be a healthy source of lycopene, the photochemical which makes them red and provides significant antioxidant properties, but new research has shown that this antioxidant power can be boosted even more by simply cooking the tomatoes.
Canning the tomatoes from your garden harvest is an excellent way to not only preserve food for winter meals, but to make those meals healthier.