I have helped my mom can, so I know how to do it, but my hubby has a passion for canning that is a little obsessive. He and my dad bought jars last year and we canned all sorts of things, from carrots, potatoes, applesauce, peaches. They bought jars without coupons (gasp).
This year, we have more of a plan on things we will can. Potatoes will be a top priority. They are easy to can and makes meals so much faster (and great for crock pot cooking and mashed potatoes fast). Carrots, again with the crock pot cooking and soups. Peas something new for us this year, I’m not a fan of them, so I’m not sure what we will do with them once canned (Christmas gifts?). Beets I guess this is something for hubby will be canning, again not a fan (Birthday gifts perhaps?)
We will also attempt to can corn, and fruits as we find them and make jam.
We use our Ball Canning book for recipes and tips on what to do. It’s the book my grandma and mom use too. We recently picked up a copy of Taste of Home that was specific to canning and preserves. It was jam packed with lots of canning recipes that were unusual. We got it a Sam’s Club, so check there or you local store for it (was about $7 at Sams)
I found another Taste of Home book on Amazon, that was about canning, cooking and freezing. We freeze fruits and veggies, but those will have a shorter shelf life, so use those first!
I’m getting psychic’d to can now to reap the benefits the rest of the year. Now to get that new kitchen in the basement. Adding this to my list of things to do with money saved from couponing.
Canning does save a ton of money! What will you be canning this year?