Related: Recipes For Canning + Preserving Fruit
Make Only Foods You Actually Want To Eat
Sounds obvious, right? Yet sometimes canners end up preserving stuff simply because they can’t bear to waste any fresh fruits and vegetables.
Invest In The Right Gear
Having the right tools makes the job not only more efficient but also safer.
Don’t Sweat It If A Jar Fails To Seal
Chances are, it’s not your fault. A faulty lid was probably to blame. Just process it again. Or simply refrigerate it and consume the contents within a few weeks.
Related: The Dos + Don'ts of Canning
Yields Aren’t Set In Stone
The age, size, and water content of your produce may differ substantially from what was used during the testing phase of each recipe, so your yield may turn out to be more or less than what’s given.
You Could Can Alone But Why?
Canning with friends is the best part of preserving. You get to hang out, laugh, share canning tips and tricks, and eat garden-fresh food. And the workload is spread around equally. So you can preserve larger volumes quicker... and break for cocktails earlier.
Adapted from “Tart and Sweet” by Kelly Geary and Jessie Knadler. Copyright (c) 2010 by Kelly Geary and Jessie Knadler. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.