These easy vegetable canning tips will help you to prepare foods for your family to use year round with ease. Building a great vegetable garden is one of the best ways you can provide for your family on a budget. Not only can you have safe fresh produce on hand during garden season, you can have quality canned goods to use year round. This is both convenient and frugal, and these tips will make it even easier for your family.
Frugal and Easy Canning Tips
Invest in quality tools. A quality pressure cooker is key to make canning vegetables easier for you. While it is a bit of an investment, you won’t be disappointed when things go smoothly and more items are canned this year. You will also want to invest in quality caning jars, lids, and seals. Repeating your work because a cheap brand didn’t work correctly is frustrating and not good for your budget. Spending a little bit more for quality supplies will ultimately save you money in the end.
Prep like things all at once. Focus on one vegetable at a time. Instead of trying to can tomatoes, corn, beans, and cucumbers all on one day do batches of like things together. This helps you be able to prep everything at once. Then you can move in an assembly line method to wash, prep, put into jars, fill with liquid, can in batches, cool, label, and store.
Invest in help. Not only do you want your kids and family to help out, you may be able to get local friends to come over and help in exchange for some of the canned goods as payment. If you have a large amount of produce to can, this is one of the best investments you can make. Sending them home with some home canned goods to stock their pantry is a great way for you to get more done in one day.
Go for simple recipes. The simpler the recipe or product being canned, the fewer steps in preparation. Homemade sauces, jams, and jellies are wonderful, but if time is strained simply can the individual ingredients for now, and then use them later to make the sauces when you are ready to use them. Salsa is an easy exception since it is best when canned together in the beginning.
These tips to make canning vegetables easier are sure to help your vegetable garden be a wonderful frugal addition to your family pantry this year.