Our brief canning and freezing guide will give you the basics and some helpful reminders to help your food preserving day go easier and faster. We’ve included a list of basic supplies and equipment you will need.
After years of canning, freezing and dehydrating our garden harvest, one thing I have learned is that the whole day goes better when you get all your tools out and handy to access.
One time I missed the jar lifter until it was time to lift the jars out. Even when you can fruit the timing is crucial so the food comes out at its peak. This time, recovering from major surgery which made raising my arms difficult and painful, but being anxious to preserve some Okanagan peaches that grow in plenty around here, I decided to can peaches. I have water bath canners but I prefer to use my tall pressure canner. It’s easy to put the jars into the canner but when it came time to get them out I couldn’t find my jar lifter. I finally ended up going through storage boxes in the garage before I found it. In the meantime, the jars were sitting in hot water. Then I had so much trouble to lift them out because of my arms…well, the peaches were a little overcooked. So, when I say, get ALL your equipment and supplies out first, I speak from great experience! Don’t argue, just do it.
For canning, you'll need some basic items:
For jelly making: a jelly bag
For freezing, you need some simpler items:
A good book is another optional but handy piece of equipment for both freezing and canning. You can read it and get an idea of what you want to do, and a book will also have canning recipes.
Or look for complete information online.
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