Time to Get Ready for Canning Season

The September/October issue of Hobby Farm Magazine features everything you need to know about home canning in a special section called “Canning Simplified.”

Gardening season is still in full swing around here, but it won’t be long before it’s time to preserve the harvest by freezing, drying and canning.

If you’ve never canned before, or you feel like you need a refresher course, be sure to pick up a copy of the fall issue of Hobby Farm Magazine.

Inside the “True Country Living” magazine’s pages is a super-duper article called “Oh Yes You Can!” by Nancy Mann Jackson that includes everything you need to know about canning–including a quote from me on why I love the canning process.

Nancy builds the case for canning, details how to gather equipment and supplies, provides the steps for getting started and explains all the safety measures that guard against food poisoning. She’s even included recipes for hot salsa, quick pickles, and microwave apple butter.

My favorite vegetable to can has always been tomatoes, but my first attempt at it was similar to running around a hamster wheel.  Because I wasn’t able to judge how many jars I needed to can my tomato harvest, I ran out of jars before I used up all the tomatoes. Then I had to run to the store to buy more jars. Then I needed more tomatoes to fill the extra jars…

I hope you’ll take Nancy’s can-do advice and plan on canning some of your home-grown vegetables to enjoy this coming winter.


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