I want to learn how to can. But I’ve been too chicken to actually do it. Like many of you, I am afraid I’ll mess up, poison my family, and that’ll be the end of that. I don’t have anyone close to me who cans, so can’t sit at the feet of a woman who has been doing it forever.
Sitting down to watch this visit was almost like sitting at Kendra’s dining room table and learning how to can. The only reason is wasn’t exactly like sitting down at Kendra’s dining room table and learning how to can was that I couldn’t ask her a question.
Not that she left much out, mind you, and if I had just been patient, she answered all of the questions I had.
Kendra really covers all of the bases with this video:
- How to can with a water bath canner
- How to can with a pressure cooker/canner (and why you can’t just use a pressure cooker)
- How to can fruits for sauces & jellies.
- How to can meats and beans.
- How to can vegetables.
- How to raw-pack vs. hot-pack
- How to can on an alternative heat source – she uses a propane camping grill.
The great thing about At Home Canning is that it’s set up like separate canning sessions for each type of canning category. This way, she walks you through all the safety issues so that you get it no matter what part of the video you are watching. If you want to learn to can beans – skip to the bean category, but rest assured, you’re not going to be missing any valuable safety or procedure tips because they are repeated for you each step of the way. I don’t think I’ll ever forget to always check the rims of my jars before use!
Kendra also shows you how to can with both traditional metal lids and the Tattler reusable lids.
I want to assure you – I am can-phobic! But the first thing I did when I finished was to go get the chicken that I’ve had on the fridge thawing, broke out the collection of canning jars that I’ve been storing for just such an event, and unpacked my pressure canner. This girl is gonna can!
Seriously – I know you can go out and watch youtube videos, but I love having this DVD by someone I know and trust to walk me through each process, every single step of the way with consistent safety tips, hints and a friend next-door feel.
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Emily as an MFA in creative writing and a strong passion for cooking! She started trying out her mother’s recipes from a very young age, turning the time she spent in the kitchen into a career. She will soon publish her very first cookbook, and in her free time, Emily contributes to our blog with resources for all our readers, whether beginners or advanced chefs.