When I casually mentioned canning to my husband, he was completely against it. Years ago, when we were first married and flat out broke, inspired by Amy Dacyczyn, we tried canning. It was a miserable experience, especially since the tomatoes we spent all day canning didn’t turn out. We gave up rather quickly.
Now, we have three kids, and groceries are regularly running us about $500 to $600 a month because of our numerous food intolerances, our desire to avoid food dyes, and our desire to eat mostly organic produce.
Honestly, I hate going to the grocery store, which is one of the reasons I have organic produce delivered to our home, which isn’t cheap. Thankfully, our CSA will begin soon. I relish the idea of having most of my food preserved in the freezer and in canning jars so I don’t have to go to the grocery store that often.
More and more, I have a desire to know exactly what is going into my food. Canning and freezing food lets me control what I feed my family.
I experimented yesterday with this yummy Strawberry Jam without sugar or pectin and it was delicious. That will be the first item I can this season.
When I told my husband I found a great deal on canning supplies, he was not pleased. He begrudgingly went with me to pick up the supplies.
He is sure this will be a disaster.
I, on the other hand, think if it doesn’t work out, I can just sell it all on Craigslist for the same price I bought it for.
So, here it is. I got all of this–48 quart jars, 108 pint jars, and 16 quilted 6 oz. and 12 oz. jelly jars in addition to the water bath canning pot–for $100. It works out to about .50 a jar. If I enjoy canning, the price for these items will decrease each year that I use them, making my investment a better one.
Now, let’s hope I do enjoy canning, so my husband doesn’t get to gloat. 🙂
If you can, what are your favorite foods to preserve?