Home Canning in glass jars might seem old-fashioned to a lot of people, but it is a very healthy and green way of living. Its really quite simple and “yes” you CAN do it too!
You will enjoy the rewards of numerous homemade meals and snacks. When you preserve food, you create healthy products that save you time in food preparation, a real blessing given today’s hectic lifestyles. Individual jars are opened and served as is, or used to simplify meal and snack preparation.
We would like to share with you our favorite canning recipes and techniques that have been passed down from several generations. It has always been a way of life for us and instead of running to the grocery store, we made a trip to the basement. Over the years a lot of families have lost the knowledge that once put the pleasure of eating natural, delicious produce available year-round.
You certainly don’t have to live in the country to enjoy the pleasures of canning and it is very gratifying to know that you too can preserve your own food.
One of our family favorites is Home Canning Peaches. I have such fond memories of this as a child. The fresh smell of the fruit and the excitement in the kitchen as everyone helped out. Once in a while my Mother would give me a fresh slice off a peach just before she put it in the jar. It was a real treat and I will never forget those days.
There was one part of this process that I was too young to understand at the time, but it sure is handy to know now. You might have noticed that fruit will turn brown in a short period of time after removing the peel. This reaction is called oxidation and can be prevented by treating the fruit with citric acid and/or ascorbic acid (vitamin C). You will want to follow the manufactures instructions when using these. You can also use a mixture of Lemon Juice and water to accomplish the same thing. All of these are perfectly healthy to use (otherwise we would not use them).