The Centsible Canning Series: What Are the Benefits of Home Canning?
What are your memories about canning? Your mother or grandmother may have canned their own produce. Perhaps you remember watching them in the kitchen as they boiled the jars, chopped the produce, and screwed the lids on tightly. Maybe you have memories of your grandma’s pantry all lined up with colorful jars filled to the brim with canned fruits and vegetables. Whatever you memories may be, you might be wondering what are the benefits of home canning?
Home canning is making a huge comeback as people are trying to stretch their grocery budgets once again. Canning is the perfect way to extend the life of your produce, allowing you to use it months down the line. Many people think that canning is a complicated science, or that it takes more time than it may be worth. But the reality is, there are so many benefits to home canning your produce that easily make it worth your while! Below, you will find out exactly what some of the benefits of home canning are. Take a look!
Seven Centsible Reasons to Enjoy The Benefits of Home Canning:
1. Enjoy healthy and local food
If you love fresh, local, or organic foods and love knowing what you are eating, canning is for you. When you grow and can your own produce you know exactly what is on your dinner table!
2. Enjoy self reliance
When you learn how to can your own food, you are learning skills that will sustain you year after year. When you can your own food, you are in better control of your family’s food supply which can feel quite rewarding and satisfying.
3. You save freezer space
When you can, your finished product can go into a pantry or closet. You are not taking up freezer space to preserve it nor using electricity to preserve it. Also, should you lose electricity, your canned items won’t be harmed as your freezer items would.
4. You avoid BPA
Many people these days are showing concern for BPA that is in many commercial canned food products. When you can your own foods, there is no risk of BPA. You can eat your foods knowing that they are being preserved free from sketchy chemicals.
5. Canning is Eco-Friendly
You bet it is! The environmental impact is minimal when you can your own food. Canning reduces the waste associated with pre-packed foods since those mason jars are reusable. Also, your canned green beans are only traveling from the counter to the pantry instead of thousands of miles across the country on a truck releasing harmful emissions.
6. It offers financial perks.
Buying produce in season when it is cheap and plentiful for preserving can be an economical way to feed your family and build your stockpile. You can create many products available to you in your grocery market for a fraction of the cost when you can.
7. Canning is nostalgic!
Nothing connects us to the past like canning our own food to feed our families. It provides a feeling of nostalgia you are not soon to forget!
As you can see, these seven reasons are great reasons to get started on canning your own food today! Enjoy the benefits to your budget, the benefits it provides the environment, and the benefits it offers your family unit.
It doesn’t take much to get started, so continue on in this informative series to find out more about canning your own food.