The Ball Blue Book Of Canning Recipes is the way to go if you are wanting to learn how to can your garden fruits and vegetables. It is what we bought when we lived in Colorado back in the 1990s and we started canning by using it. This book is still for sale today and it has now been updated.
This section has canning recipes and teaches you how to can if you have never done this before.
When I was a child, my grandfather, Floyd Pitcher, always had a huge backyard garden. He grew tons of beautiful vegetables and fruits each summer in Hyde Park, NY. He and my grandmother, Mildred, gave a lot of their home-grown produce away and they would can the rest. They had a root cellar where they would keep it all after it was canned. My grandparents, pictured above by their flower garden, were amazing when it came to food!
David and I learned how to can when we moved to
Colorado Springs. I was pregnant and had two children under five so I
did not try to find a job. David worked full time and went to school
full time as well but did not have school during the summer. Gardening is
David's hobby so he planted a huge garden and designed his first of many
greenhouses in Colorado Springs. There, the climate is mild and the warm, summer temperatures are cool compared to South Central Texas. Vegetable plants grow like crazy there, especially in a greenhouse.
When summer came, vegetables grew and ripened quicker than we could eat them. At first, we blanched and froze a lot of vegetables and put them in our new freezer that we bought once we moved up to Colorado Springs. David suggested we learn how to can. So we got some books and canning jars and went to town! We canned everything and made several varieties of pickles. I even went so far as to learn how to make jams and jellies and it was fun! It is a lot of work and takes a lot of time, but it is not difficult.
David's garden vegetables helped us eat very well and very healthy for the time we lived in Colorado Springs. Everything grew so easily there. I don't believe we have ever since lived in such a beautiful climate that was so conducive to growing a garden.
In order to can, you will need:
***IMPORTANT NOTE: Always use mason jars made for canning. Do not use jars (such as store bought pickle jars, spaghetti sauce jars, gravy jars, or jelly jars that held food you bought from the supermarket. They may not hold up to the hot bath or may be scratched and will not keep your food fresh and safe to eat for up to a year. Do not chance getting botulism by using inferior jars or lids.***
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