Let me start here by telling you how absolutely simple it is to be good at canning. All you need is some self confidence, fresh produce and EXCELLENT RESOURCES. Those are the most important. I'll share some of my favorites with you at the end of my blog post! Canning has allowed me to utilize all of my extra cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes from my garden as well as fresh produce from local farmers markets that I didn't grow myself. Here's a picture of some of my homemade goodness from this year:
Strawberry Vanilla Jam * Chopped Tomatoes * Blueberry Lemon Syrup * Pickled Cucumbers * Pickled Hot Peppers * Pickled Garlic * Sweet Chili Sauce * Tomato Jam * Apple Butter * Green Tomato Chutney * Spicy Pepper Relish * Bread and Butter Pickles
Of course, food preservation is not just limited to jars in the cupboard! I have also made homemade extracts, frozen pesto and cranberry sauce, and dried herbs and spice mixes!
Again, having REALLY good canning/preserving books is key to being successful with canning and I recommend that you do a LOT of reading before you buy any supplies or attempt water bath canning for the first time. Here are my favorite resources:
1. Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan
2. Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
3. The Little Book of Home Preserving, by Rebecca Gagnon
Sorry for the long post but this is one of the ways I've been getting my creative juices flowing lately! I'm looking forward to sharing some of my recent sewing and knitting projects, other pinterest projects and *hopefully* getting inky too very soon! Until next time readers -- thanks for sticking with me through another long post! =)