Canning is an easy and inexpensive way to preserve fresh produce, meats, sauces and jams. Getting started can be intimidating, but with some basic knowledge and the proper supplies, nearly anyone can safely can food at home. The easiest method for beginning canners is called the “water bath method.”
First, identify the canning recipe you will use. Recipes can be found online or in recipe books. Often, canning recipes are passed down through generations as part of a family tradition; so don’t forget to ask around for time-tested canning recipes.
Follow this step-by-step process to can food using the water bath method:
Listen closely, as the jars cool you will hear a pop noise as the seals engage. After jars have cooled completely, you can check the seal by pushing on the top of the jar, if the seal is tight it will not move. Any jars that did not seal can be put in the fridge and used within the next few days. Carefully label the jars and move them to a cool, dark, dry storage location. Enjoy your food!
If you are interested in learning more about Canning, consider attending our Basic Canning class at the Stanwood store June 9th at 11am. Sign up to let us know you plan to attend by going to the Basic Canning sign-up page.