One of my favorite parts about summer is feasting on all the wonderful fresh produce. Peaches, tomatoes, corn I love it all. So that’s why this summer I was determined to learn how to can. Lucky for me Better Homes and Garden made this really simple. I picked up a copy of their yearly how-to canning magazine at my local grocer and seriously it covers everything you need to know as well as some great recipes.
Water bath canning is a lot easier than I thought and is really fun. I find it very relaxing. Basically I prep my foods that I’m canning and then after washing the jars, lids and bands I boil my jars. This helps raise the water temp so that after I’ve disinfected them I can basically keep the water at a boil while filling. The one really important tip I’ve learned is NOT to boil the lids when sanitizing. It will cause the lid to pop basically and thus prevent a good seal.
The great thing about water bath canning is that it’s a lot cheaper than using a pressurized canner. I got my canner and accessories for under $30 from Walmart. The jars are what I really wound up spending the most money on, but you are able to reuse them so hopefully next year it won’t be as bad.
I’ve had a great time canning and really enjoyed the process and the outcome. My favorites have been the salsas that I’ve made. I highly recommend giving it a try if you’re interested! Here’s a direct link to Better Homes and Gardens canning specific site.