These old fashioned skills have a place in today’s home
Water Bath Canning
Water bath canning is one of the first things I learned when I started putting my food storage plan together. It is the easiest canning method to master and you will have success right from the beginning.
Only acidic foods can be safely processed in a water bath canner. These include all fruits and tomatoes, all pickles, and those vegetables that you can add sufficient vinegar to raise the acidity level high enough. Think dilled beans or pickled beets.
Don’t forget to download this handy Water Bath & Pressure Canning Checklist to use the next time you are canning.
Vegetables and meats are low in acid and therefore unsuitable for a boiling water bath unless pickled. You may hear a grandmother tell you that it was done in “her day,” but to keep your family safe and free of food poisoning – don’t do it! It only takes one spoonful from one jar of poisoned food to cause serious illness or death.
I don’t want to scare you away from this method, though. Pressure canners are completely safe (no matter what your cousin’s friend says, they do not explode!) and as long as you follow an approved recipe AND follow processing guidelines you can’t go wrong.
A Master Canner once told me that there has never been a case of food poisoning from a properly processed batch of home canned food. It’s only when people deviate from recipes and technique that they run into trouble.
If you’re still scared, find a friend and have them teach you, review the posts below, or order this excellent course “At Home Canning for Beginners” Give it a try.
Other Methods of Food Storage
There are other ways to store your dry food without canning at all. Learn about these options in the posts below.
5 Ways to Use a FoodSaver Every Day | PreparednessMama
Storing Chia Seeds for Long Term | PreparednessMama
Dry Pack Canning | PreparednessMama
Home Canning | PreparednessMama
Quick Tip: How to Store 50 lbs. of Flour in 5 Gallon Buckets | PreparednessMama
Check back regularly, I’m always adding more ways to can my harvest. You might also want to check out my Pinterest Board – Food Storage for more ideas.
Visit the other Food Storage Pages: Canning Techniques – Food Storage Basics– Wholesale Bulk Buys – Long Term Food Storage – Other Preservation Methods – Grains – Thrive Life – Kitchen Tips – Recipes – for other in depth articles on getting your food storage plan together.