What is “canning”? Canning is like a quick and easy extra step in the cooking process. It is the preservation of fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, and other various types of food by applying heat to a sealed jar. The heat prevents any natural spoiling that would happen to the food and seals the food in an air-tight vacuum. By canning, you will be eating the healthiest meals possible and also saving money.
The benefits that come from home canning are plentiful. Not only is it great for your wallet, more importantly, it is great for you and your family’s health. First, is the quality of the food. Canning is a process of preservation. That means the food you are putting in your meals contain all the most natural ingredients; no unhealthy chemicals or preservatives taking away from the taste. This is food in its purest form–how it was meant to taste.
Another benefit from canning, to go along with the quality of the food, is the nutritional value. Most all canned food is more rich in nutrition than food that hasn’t been canned. For example, pumpkin that has been canned has twenty times the Vitamin A as fresh pumpkin. Canned fish contains a significant amount more calcium than non-canned.
Lastly, another great perk to home canning is the money you’ll be saving. You won’t have to purchase canned foods from the supermarket. In the span of a year, you can save hundreds of dollars from home canning opposed to buying from a grocery store.
Want to start canning right away? Here are some of the home canning essentials you’ll need to get started:
- Glass jar
- Bubble Freer Spatula
- Jar Lifter
- Jar Funnel
- Lid Wand