Summer is here and with it comes loads of yummy seasonal fruits and veggies. Before eating them all, stop and think ahead about keeping some of those vibrant summer tastes for the gray winter days. While it might seem a little old-fashioned, canning is coming back in style. Trust us when we say, canning is the new sustainable trend you should get on.
While you should not limit your imagination when it comes to canning, it might be a good idea to try and stick to the fruits and veggies that are in season locally. Obviously, the best source for your canning needs is your own garden, but not all of us are so lucky to have one. If you don’t have a garden, you will get the best deal on produce at the local farmers’ market. Whether it comse from your own garden or the local farmer, these fruits and veggies will provide the best taste and nutrition. And of course, seasonal, local food is the most sustainable choice for your table anyway.
There are two ways to can food. One is the boiling water method and the other is the pressure canning method. The boiling water method is great for high acidic foods like jams, fruits, tomatoes, vegetable pickles and even salsas. For low acidic foods like veggies you dont want to pickle, and especially meats, the pressure canning method is necessary.
You probably guessed that the water boiling method is a little bit easier on the equipment and you might just want to start with that. For your first delicious jam or pickles batch, you will need only a couple of canning jars, a pot a couple of inches taller than your jars, a rack to put on the bottom of the pot (to keep the jars from touching the bottom), and don’t forget the tongs to lift the hot jars from the boiling water.
Are you already forming ideas in your head of what you will make? While your grandma surely has some family-proven recipes, we recommend doing a bit of research into a more modern approach and safer canning practices. Always choose reputable resources for canning recipes and try to limit modifications of the recipe to a minimum, because canning food should be fun, not a health hazard. Looking forward to being able to say “I can can, can you?” Find out more about how to make canned food really healthy!