Try this taste of farm life– literally! I’m not exactly sure why, but although anyone may can food at home, farm families tend to do a lot of it! Fall is a busy time in the field, but it is also a busy time in the kitchen. Tomatoes from the garden turn into salsa and crushed tomatoes for chili. Peaches from a near-by orchard taste great as peach halves, peach butter, and peach sauce. Apples from friends make lots and lots of yummy applesauce. Any of these foods are readily available at your local grocery store or farmer’s market and believe me when I say they taste so much better than what you buy already canned!
Before you get started canning I suggest you make a plan. Learn the steps for home canning from a cookbook, internet source, or canning book. I like Blue Ball canning and Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Check to see if you have all the supplies you need. Most supplies can be purchased for little cost, but consider borrowing them if you have never done this before. Then schedule a day when you won’t have to quit half way through the process. I’m much faster now, but when I began canning it took most of the day and is still a big event in our house.
Applesauce is a great place to start, but crushed tomatoes are probably quickest. Choose your favorite foods for best results and try a taste of farm life!