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6 Rules For Making Canning A Breeze

Preserving fruit and vegetables is not without its challenges. Follow these guidelines to keep it fun, easy, and delicious.

August 10, 2015

When your gardens and farmers’ markets are bursting with produce, that means it’s time to start canning. For me, the first step in the canning process is pulling out Tart and Sweet, an indispensable guide to the world of canning. Canning is not without its challenges. Follow these guidelines to keep it fun, easy, and delicious.

Think Pints, Not Pecks
There’s no getting around it: Canning requires prep—chopping, coring, seeding, and slicing. But if you come across a recipe that calls for pounds of fruits and vegetables in multiples of 10, you may want to step away from the stovetop or call friends for reinforcement (see below).


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.