Home Canning: Putting Food By the Old-Fashioned Way
We looked to our readers to find out why home canning is experiencing a modern revival. Their answer: Canning produces flavorful, high-quality food that saves money, builds self-reliance and creates lifelong memories.
Capture summer in a jar? You can, if you take up home canning!
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Capturing the fresh flavors of summer in a jar is only one of the many reasons home canning is a comforting act of self-reliance as well as an art.
"Nothing tastes better than home-canned food," says Linda Palmer.
"I think it's the love that makes it all taste so good," says Mishelle Davis Falsetto.
The rules of canning are simple and practical: By following these rules, using tested recipes and employing the right equipment, you can safely can nearly any food.
"Canning is about health. I'd do it even if it cost more than buying retail," says John Schmidt.
"Canning gives me a sense of empowerment I don't get at the store," says Lana Lambert.
This family of MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers is part of a new generation that's excited to can and pass on the tradition.