Canning Season

Preserved food in Mason jars
Preserved food in Mason jars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is you garden doing well this year?  Do you have cucumbers and tomatoes covering every inch of available space? Have you thought about taking up canning?  There is still time to can seasonal fruits and vegetables.

There is a sense of satisfaction when you look at your counter top full of freshly canned corn relish, tomatoes, pickles, applesauce or peaches that you don’t get by picking up a can or a jar from the grocery store shelves.  You also know exactly what is in it because you put it there. You can make your own unsweetened applesauce, juice packed peaches, low sugar jam and no salt added tomatoes.

There are techniques, and safety concerns you need to learn. Your county extension office should be able to provide you with printed information. The Ball(R) Company website (the canning jar people) is also a great source of information. Check it out at

Don’t be afraid to give canning a try. You can do it. Sorry for the pun, I just couldn’t resist.


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