Thursday, April 07, 2011

{Ready to Can}

Canning requires the proper tools.

I've looked into preserving produce off and on for a couple months now. Asking around and
doing a a few Google searches gave me an idea of what I needed to buy, but I still felt fuzzy
on the process. I was totally intimidated by it. So, I hadn't taken the leap yet.

Sara gave me a needed push when she invited me over to help her can tomatoes. She made
it look easy. (She's calm, collected and organized.) I realized -- I can do this! So, I made it my
April goal to get supplies and start canning just in time for spring and summer harvests.

She told me what I needed to buy and where to find it. Turns out, Ace Hardware really is
the place. They had almost every item she suggested, and it was all priced reasonably. I
had to go to Walmart -- for the first time in four years -- for one thing, but it is the perfect
tool for the job. So, I did it. (Admittedly, it wasn't a bad shopping experience, and I picked
up a few other things while I was there.)

Here's what I bought for canning:
Image from Acehardware.com

Image from Acehardware.com
Extra lids - $3.99 at Ace
Image from Acehardware.com

Image from Amazon.com


Wire basket perfect for blanching tomatoes - $14.99 at Walmart
Image from Google Images

It's time -- now that I have the means -- to find my way. I'll be back soon with a report
on my progress and a little about why it was important to me to try this.

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3 comments:

Kristi said...

I would also like to try this but I am also a little intimidated since I have never seen it done before. I think watching someone else first is the way to go!

Miss M! said...

Yay! I'm so excited for us and cupboards full of beautiful, BPA-free glass jars.

Mo 'Betta said...

I did a little canning for the first time last summer - my pepper relish and banana peppers turned out really well, so I can't wait to try more this year!