Canning Basics

Posted on June 27th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

It’s almost time to start canning. I LOVE to can! I wouldn’t consider myself the canning type, so if you don’t either please don’t stop reading. Canning is so much fun and it’s a great way to save money, control what you and your family are eating and eat better foods. Even if you don’t plant a garden you can get tons of fresh produce from your local farmer’s market and still save money.

Are you convinced you should can now? Save money, save time later on and eat good food, what else do you need? Throughout my canning season, I’ll share a few canning recipes that I use, but for now you need to know what you need to get started.

Canning jars, lids and rims-You can get these almost anywhere. Even the grocery store has them. These are very easy to find used as well. You can’t reuse lids though, but those are cheap new. There are difference sizes and widths. I prefer the wide mouth ones.
Water bath canner or large pot with a lid, and a rack-These are pretty cheap at the store and easily found used as well. You don’t use this for all canning methods, but for a lot of my favorites you do.
Jar lifter-I’ve tried doing it without this and it just hurts. No really, it burns. I always spill hot water on me and I’m just done with tongs. Jar lifters from here on out!
Heavy duty cooking pot-We have a really great dutch oven that we love. Sometimes you need to cook some items and these dutch ovens are the best!
Pressure cooker-Some canning recipes call for pressure canning. These are probably the most expensive item you’ll buy, but these are common at garage sales at Goodwill.

These are the basics you need and from here the recipes just need a few more items. Get these things and you’ll be ready for canning!

 

 


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