We’re about to kick-start our summer canning series on Simple Bites and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it! I’ve actually been canning in my sleep, if that gives you any idea.
Coming up we have nine solid days of Canning 101 with recipes, how-to’s, helpful links and discussions. I don’t yet consider myself an ‘expert’ canner, so for this series I’ve enlisted the input of several canning-savvy and very capable ladies.
You’ll see posts from experts such as this one — but I’m don’t want to give too much away. It’s going to be awesome!
Today, however, I want to do something a little different. I want to hear from YOU. Especially those of you who can, preserve and pickle all summer long with the enthusiasm of the lady in our ‘Canning 101’ button.
More specifically, I want to hear WHY you do what you do, year after year, for we don’t all can for the same reasons. Agreed?
Here are just a few reasons one might find us sweating over the stove on an August afternoon:
- Financial. Buying produce in season when it is cheap and plentiful for preserving can be an economical way to stock the pantry.
- Preserve Personal Harvest. Overrun with cukes and tomatoes? Pack them into jars and avoid waste.
- Sentimentality. I’ll admit it, making my own jam is a huge boost to the ‘Holly Homemaker’ in me. I just love how much like a domestic goddess I feel when I hear those jars go POP as they seal.
- Passion. You think knitters are passionate about their craft? People who are seriously into putting food in jars are a more than worthy rival.
- Necessity. It is becoming a less common reason, but in remote areas some folks still can and preserve to provide for their family’s basic needs.
- Health. Concern for BPA in many commercial canned foods such as tomatoes is on the rise, and a huge incentive for home cooks to can their own. Plus, you’re looking at healthy, preservative-free foods that contain no harmful additives or pesticides.
- Eco-Friendly. When you can your own food, it reduces the waste associated with pre-packed foods. Jars are reusable, for one thing.
My hope is to inspire potential first-time canners; to give them incentive to get started.
If you’ve never canned, take a minute to read the responses and perhaps you’ll consider sitting in on our little series!
So, please speak up and share with us: Why do you can?