With the summer garden, and living near one of the top 100 farmer’s markets in the U.S, I had to try my hand at canning! I first researched a lot of recipes, and checked out several books from the library. I wanted to go with tested and true recipes because I don’t want to die from bad canning. one of my favorite books I found was the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. I have this book on my wishlist on Amazon because I thought it was so helpful and should be added to my book collection. I also found a few recipes online.
My first attempt was bread and butter pickles. I ordered the Ball canning tool set on Amazon, and purchased jars from my local store. The recipes I decided to try only needed a water bath canner, which is essentially just a pot with a lid big enough to cover the cans completely in water. I also purchased a silicon trivet from a local store to place in the bottom of the pot to keep from breaking jars.
I tried pickles first from cucumbers I purchased at the farmers market. There was a lot of satisfaction in cutting up the cucumbers and making the brine. The actual process of canning was not too difficult, and I thought it was kind of fun to be doing it on my retro stove! I ended up with 7 jars of bread and butter pickles.
I tried canning a couple other recipes also. I made hot salsa with our tomatoes and hot peppers from the garden, and also made a few jars of applesauce from store bought apples. I purchased a pressure canner this year too, and hope to have a bigger garden next year so I can try some other recipes. Overall, I had a really good time trying this! I can’t wait to build a nice store of canned foods for the future!