The Centsible Canning Series: How to Save Money When Canning
One of the reasons you chose to can your own food may be to save money. After all, when you can your own food you are saving energy, using reusable products, and getting the most out of produce that may otherwise go bad. But did you know that there are still even more ways to stretch your budget when canning? When canning from home, you can still follow these simple tips to save even more money on your produce, supplies, and the process in general.
You are already saving so much money by canning your own foods, don’t stop now! Take a look at the seven tips below for how to save money when canning. You might just find yourself a little bit surprised!
Seven Tips for How to Save Money When Canning:
1. Look for deals on jars.
In the off season look for lower prices on jars. You can also look for second hand jars at thrift stores or yard sales. Don’t forget to check your local hardware stores, dollar stores, and Goodwill shops for jars as well. You are going to sanitize everything before you use it, so don’t be afraid to buy second hand.
2. Use the internet to your advantage.
One place you don’t want to skimp is the quality of your rings and lids. If you need to, shop around for a good price online. You can usually find some great deals when you buy in bulk. Even sites like Amazon offer canning items as does eBay.
3. Buy in bulk.
Look at Sams and COSTCO for good deals on your canning supplies as well as produce and brine/liquid ingredients. You will always be able to buy in bulk which typically saves you money. Look for produce deals, can deals, and deals on ingredients you can use as preservers and brines.
4. Grow your own produce.
Nothing saves money like growing your own produce! A small backyard garden can yield you pounds upon pounds of produce. If you don’t have the space, opt for a small container garden. You can still grow tons of fresh produce even in a small space.
5. Wait for peek season.
Many local farmers will sell produce for far less when they have loads of produce they need to sell. Why not make friends with local farmers and farm stands so you are always in the know as to when the price is right?
6. Be willing to compromise.
If you are making salsa and the recipe calls for beefsteak tomatoes, but romas are on sale, opt for the cheaper tomato. In the long run it won’t make a huge difference to your recipe and you will surely save cash!
7. Can with a friend.
If costs to start seem high, go into the adventure with a friend. Split the costs of materials and split up the finish product. You will save money and still be able to enjoy the benefits of canning! Plus, you are going to have a ton of fun doing this together.
Once you have saved all of this money on the canning process, the savings will continue once your product is made. Canned items make great gifts for hostesses, can be sold at local fairs, given to friends and neighbors, plus supplement your food budget. All of these methods will save you money!
As you can see these seven tips are so easy to follow and remember, and can really save you as you continue on in your canning journey. You are already going to stretch your budget so much when you learn how to can, now you have learned how to stretch it even further.