Canning For Beginners

CIMG0113Yep, that’s me.  A beginner.  With our lovely tomato plants growing, it was time to learn how to can.  I checked out some books from the library that only ended up intimidating me more.  Thankfully Ball realizes there are newbies like me out there that haven’t been canning since the 50’s.  I found a very easy, very helpful, very tangible canning kit at Wal-Mart for $10.  For ten bucks it was worth trying.  You can find it here as well. 

It comes with this cute little green basket as well as three jars and lids and an instruction manual/recipe book.  After my first attempt, I already felt like a professional.  No one told me it was this easy!  Time consuming, yes, but not difficult.  So now that I have successfully made it through three canning sessions (salsa, tomato sauce, apple juice, and apple sauce) I am ready for an upgrade.  Having only room for three cans makes the process a bit longer but it was worth it in learning how to do it and figuring out what I like canning best. 

The biggest thing I learned?  Making tomato sauce is not worth it unless you are swimming in free tomatoes.  I could only make one jar of the sauce after prepping what seemed like thousands of tomatoes (or maybe like twenty). 

Are you a canning veteran or newbie?



10 comments:

  1. Definitely still a newbie. I've done it once and almost burned myself. Apron caught on fire. Not a pretty sight. ;)

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  2. Hmm - I left a comment but it seems to have not worked, so I apologize if you get two.

    I started canning a few years ago and was pleased to discover that it is not nearly as scary or difficult as I had anticipated. And, I agree - tomato sauce is NOT worth it. Last year, I canned a bunch of diced tomatoes, and I found that those were great to have throughout the winter and I could sometimes make sauce from them.

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  3. I am so intimidated by canning though I've been dying to try it! My tomato plants didn't do enough this summer to warrant canning though. :(

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  4. I want to try canning so bad but I'm convinced I'm going to give us all botulism!

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  5. Funny to read your post today..I'm getting ready to make tomatoe sauce.. actually spaghetti sauce. I have a huge garden and have already canned jams and froze green beans and now getting ready for squash and tomatoes. My grapes will be in soon and you know what that means.. grape jelly!!!

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  6. Been canning tomatoes, salsa, peaches and applesauce for years (helping my mom and grandma from about 10 years old) and now as an adult. There is something so satisfying knowing that you grew and bottled all that yumminess! Fun times! :)

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  7. oh WOW, i have seriously been thinking about this lately, glad to hear you felt good doing it! thanks for the starter kit source, i have some jars, but haven't yet taken the plunge, good luck with it!

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  8. I would Love to start canning but it intimidates me!
    I do make my own pasta sauce but I buy big cans of diced tomato from Sams and cook it all day with some herbs and garlic and freeze it. It's yum and super cheap.

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  9. The only canning I do is from the can can sale :) I don't know how and even if I did, we have no space whatsoever where to storage these. However I did bring 3 jars of Guava Marmalade from the motherland, does that count?
    The thought of makin jam and storing it does seem apealing...see? I'm NEVER gonna loose weight

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  10. I was just talking about canning to a friend this morning!! I've never done it and don't have a mom that cans either. I want to learn, but, like you, I have been to intimidated. I am going to Walmart to find that kit!! Oh, I'm so excited!!

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