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Something about Canning
Hello, I'm Jessica and here's a little something about Canning. Most homesteaders and farmers have used canning to keep their food longer for 200 years. yep, you heard me 200 years. It was the French who figured out if you bottle something with an airtight seal, the food or liquid in the jaw will keep and keep; unless the seal is broken. Find out more about the history of canning here at Wikipedia. So with this in mind, it wasn't long before everybody was seeing how to make this idea become more than just that. Fast forward a few decades and jars come around in better ways such as the Mason jar which has been around since 1858. Do you know what I just realize these jars have been around longer than I have been alive? What's up with that? Lol. Well, anyway like I said soon everybody was preserving their food. Because believe it or not most people back in the day did not have food to waste. The indigenous people preserve their food by burring it in the ground in the winter months. What do you know, frozen food lasts longer too? Who knew? Canning has been around forever. So, why is it still popular today. I bet you're wondering why are we even talking about canning in 2020. Seriously what is the point when we have the fridge? Well, the point my dear reader is unless you have an endless supply of funds to go out and by the food, you need your food to last longer.
5 Reasons Why Canning is Great
1) It preserves your food longer
2) You always have something to eat
3) It saves money over time
4) It's great for food prep so you have to cook less.
5) Less shopping
Can Canning Make Your Food Last?
You go to the store and buy your food and yes all food has an expiration date; except for honey. Honey keeps like forever. Oh, and twinkies are the one sweet that can survive the end of the world as we know it. That and cockroaches who will probably invade a twinkie factory and set up a new civilization. Ok, with all kidding aside. 98% of all food will spoil some sooner than others like veggies and fruits. Oh my lord, do they go bad in days to just a few weeks? In case you didn't know the answer to this question. (pause for effect....) it does! Lol.
Nuts last the longest on their own. You can get them up a few months. Meats are very tricky and they will go bad without keeping them cold in some way. Thank god for the fridge, but the fridge can only go so far. At the end of the day, your food is going to go bad if you don't eat it in a good time. So how can canning solve this problem or at the very least make your life a little easier?
Canning is when you put your food in a jar that is airtight or pressurized. By doing this your food will last up to two years. As long as the seal is not broken. It is not recommended to eat food in a sealed can after two years. So imagine if you had a bunch of canned goods in your home, you would have food anytime you want and you wouldn't have to worry about it going bad. So the answer to the question can canning make your food last is yes.
A great source for canning ideas and recipes are books and youtube. When I was learning all about canning I lived on youtube. Of course, I live on youtube anyway. Don't judge me, like you never binged watch youtube before. There are so many things that can be canned. It will amaze you. think about canning your fruits and making preserves. Once you get going you will be like why didn't I start this sooner.
The Different Ways to Can
There are two ways to can. These ways are certified by The National Center for Home Food Preservation. Do not try any method that is not approved by them because the last thing you want is to get sick.
1) Water bath Canning is great for high acid foods like fruits and veggies. A rule of thumb is high acid foods are to be water bath canned.
2) Pressure Canning is great for low acid foods like meats and beans.
You must use the right method to can.
Canning is a great way to make your food last longer, and have your money go further. I hope this hub has been as fun for you to read as it was for me to write. Until next time happy canning.
Jessica Agnew (author) from Jacksonville on January 19, 2020:
That's great. I got turned on to canning a few months ago and I thought I pass on what I learned. Thanks for reading.
Liza from USA on January 18, 2020:
Last summer, my husband and I made homemade salsa. We decided to can the salsa in the jar and used the water bath method. It was the best way to jar the salsa as it 's acidic with tomatoes and vinegar used in it. Thank you for sharing a great article, Jessica.