Many of you have emailed me asking for information about canning at home. I want to oblige, but with only a couple of years under my belt, I don’t feel comfortable teaching you all how to can at home. There are a lot of safety considerations involved with canning. I mentioned before in Water Bath Canning FAQs that I prefer water bath canning because it seems safer to me. There’s no real science to that belief. Just my feelings.
I hope you all realize that I love learning and growing with you. You all are the people who inspire me to learn new skills, try new methods, and think of better ways to do what needs to be done. Having said that, this seemed like a job for a friend with gobs of experience under her belt.
Meet Sharon of Simply Canning
As soon as you land on my friend Sharon’s site, Simply Canning, you will see her tagline it’s like being taught by your best friend. It’s so true! Her website is a warm and welcoming place where you can get answers to all of your questions. If she hasn’t addressed your question already, she’s happy to hear from you. Good luck finding a question that hasn’t been asked in her Home Canning Questions section. She’s been asked about everything from liquid-loss to canning with Splenda.
Canning Safety Concerns
This is the area where my comfort zone gets tested. My mother has been teaching me and I feel confident recreating recipes we’ve done together. I’ve branched out a bit, making tomato sauces without a mentor, but I follow the instructions to a T. No extra pinches of basil in my marinara!
The thing about canning is that there’s an actual science to it. Maybe that’s where my discomfort stems from. Science has never been my thing. I don’t feel comfortable using it and I certainly don’t feel comfortable teaching others it (my daughter knows to just Google science stuff). I love Simply Canning’s Canning Safety page because it makes the whole process seem less scary. I look both ways when I cross the street. I wear my seatbelt in the car. I can totally do this!
It certainly doesn’t hurt that Sharon seems to have a Ball Canning Rep as well as her Cooperative Extension Office on speed dial. Believe me, I’ve seen her report back with an answer only moments after the question is asked.
Home Canning Recipes
Maybe, like myself, you feel most comfortable making tried and tested recipes. Recipes with a seal of approval. Recipes that you are sure that have all that science-y stuff taken care of. Hello, Simply Canning’s Recipe Index! If dilly beans, dandelion jelly, and her other 57 recipes online are not enough for you, she has books out as well.
Reviews & Updates
If you are thinking about purchasing canning gear, be sure to first stop by Simply Canning’s review page for Sharon’s real-life analysis of the products. Like so many hobbies out there, there are things you need and silly things you just don’t.
I also highly recommend following Sharon’s blog. She often has fun giveaways, let’s you know what events are going on in the canning community, and she will let you know if there have been any changes with canning protocol (which I suspect there will be soon since the discovery of BPA-Free being unsafe has come to light).
So head on over to Simply Canning. I know you’ll be happy you did!