This free canning resource from MOTHER EARTH NEWS offers you the knowledge you need to start canning fruits and vegetables safely and efficiently! It takes the mystery out of canning and will help you fill your pantry with delicious, locally grown foods.

Editor's note: As of 2014, this app now includes instructions on how to can several kinds of meat and fish! Take food preservation to a whole new level!

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If you’re a beginning canner, you’ll get off to a great start because methods and processing times are drawn from science-based, research-tested U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) directions, as well as the Ball canning company, the leading supplier of canning supplies. Even if you’re an old hand at canning with years of experience, you’ll appreciate the easy-to-use portability of the resource, which works on Apple and Android mobile devices.

You’ll also find information on how much a bushel of peaches should weigh, for example, and an idea of how many quarts of canned peaches that bushel will turn into. So whether it’s a lug of fresh berries at a roadside stand or the bushel of sweet corn you can’t resist at the farmers market, you’ll know exactly how much food you’ll have put by when you finish.

The resource provides information on how to can 10 fruits, from apples to strawberries, and 10 vegetables, from asparagus to squash. Tomatoes get their own treatment, with 7 ways to preserve them from whole-in-juice to salsa. There are instructions on when to use a waterbath canner and when to use a pressure canner. There are also with easy-to-use charts that show processing times for each method. Changes in elevation are taken into account in processing times.

If you’ve been daunted by pressure canning, How to Can will help you work through your trepidation. The easy-to-understand explanations and directions will defuse pressure canning’s intimidation factor.

Because this resource can be used on small, portable devices, you can take it right to your kitchen counter when canning, where you can quickly see exactly how minutes your foods need to stay in the canner.

Whether your goal is a few jars of jam or a pantry filled with summer’s best bounty to see you through the winter, this free canning resource will be your new best friend. And did we mention that it’s free? 

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