Hi! I know how the thought of canning your first time can be overwhelming. I went through the same thing a few years ago. I was so afraid of not having my jars sterilized enough, or doing something wrong and killing my family or friends! I think that starting with jam or jelly is a great way to get your feet wet.
I bought a great book called 'The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest' by Carol W. Costenbader. It covers everything you need to know about canning. It also includes info on freezing and drying your harvest, and some great recipes. I read the first part every year to refresh my memory and get geared up before I start my canning.
Don't be afraid to get started. It really is much easier than you think, and very rewarding.
Welcome to Putting Food By!!! If you need anything, ask, we'll be glad to answer. Martha's right, that's a good way to find jars. I can almost all of our fruits and veggies. Only froze Squash, zucchini, Broccoli and Cauliflower.
Thumb of Michigan
Fighting For a Cure.
In Loving Memory of Kathleen Ollila.
ONE OF THE BEST EXERCISES WE CAN DO IS TO PUSH OURSELVES AWAY FROM THE DINNER TABLE.
Personally, I like my veggies frozen anyway, and if you have freezer space it's the way to go. Even with a few jars you could try jelly...but that's not always a real healthy food, so some don't go for that. Me, I buy it and eat it anyway, lol. Preserves, actually. It's worth learning if you have at least a caner full. Another thing, you can try yard sales and adds in the papers, sometimes you can get them there cheap, or craigs list. Freecycle is even better, cuz it's free. Of course you always have to buy the lids new. I actually got jars from the recycling center where I drop my cans, because someone had dropped them off there and they were in boxes beside the bins for free. Another time, I found some along side the road where an elderly person had died and the family put them out for free because nobody wanted them. Too bad I couldn't get a pressure caner that way!
Well, we are glad you joined! ~Martha in Ohio, but with family in OK
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