One of the greatest perks of having a home garden is an abundance of produce that can be canned, preserved and enjoyed all year long.B The Coupon ProjectB blog has an extensive list of plant varieties that lend themselves well to canning and preserving. Here are the top vegetable varieties that can be canned easily:
A hot water canning process is one of the most commonly practiced methods of preserving food. Assuming that all jars, lids, utensils and equipment is properly sanitized (a run through the dishwasher or a bath in boiling water will do the trick,) canned food will last an incredibly long time and retain its fresh taste and nutrients. To preserve food with a hot water bath, you will need the following:
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Glass Mason Jars
Jar Lids and Rings
One of the most popular vegetables to can is the tomato. Tomatoes tend to grow in massive quantities and there are often simply too many to eat during the growing season. Tomato sauce is a staple in the preserving community and one of the best ways to get started if you are new to canning.
Opening up a jar of home grown, home canned tomato sauce, pickles or corn is incredibly satisfying, especially during the cold season when there isn't much fresh produce available. Preserved vegetables also make lovely gifts. Your garden's bounty is such to be enjoyed and appreciated by all whom you share it with.