Preserving and canning food and vegetables in jars like carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, chilis, paprika and radishes.

Canning Food Is Eco-Friendly and Delicious

Canning and Green Living

Whether you get a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box every week or grow your own in a community garden plot, canning is one way to save some of that deliciousness for later. It is a wonderful thing to open your kitchen cupboard and see rows of colorful and tasty food that you preserved. Also, canning fits in perfectly with green living. By using locally grown food you eliminate the need for fossil fuels to bring out of season food from halfway around the world to your neighborhood.

The Basics

Canning is a bit more sophisticated process than freezing or drying food. However, it doesn’t use up all your freezer space and keeps many types of fruits and vegetables from becoming mushy as freezing can. Additionally, it keeps your food recipe ready, unlike drying. Canning is also a great way to have meals prepared ahead of time. Soups, sauces, jams, jellies, and pie fillings are perfect for canning.

Before buying all the equipment needed for canning, it is a good idea to take a basic canning class. Your local Cooperative Extension most likely offers classes. Many times these classes will provide the basics for canning and you can discover if you like canning and what you actually need to get for home canning. It is also helpful to have a knowledgeable instructor to answer your questions. A simple internet search can locate your local Extension office.

Additional Resources

If you are more of a DIY type, there are plenty of online resources. Again, Cooperative Extensions have websites with great information. There are also social media groups, YouTube videos, and websites that provide the information you need to get started. It is helpful to do some research and watch some videos before you start canning your own food. Be web-savvy and make sure the online source is reliable.

Learn More About Canning Food

Canning is a relatively easy way to harness your harvest. Nothing compares to the feeling you get to sit down to a mouthwatering meal you cooked with food that you canned. This is just one of the ways green living can enhance your life.

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