Canning is the practice of preserving food in jars or cans. Even when it’s in a jar it’s still referred to as canning. This method of preserving food is time-tested and vital to a sustainable homestead.
Anyone can do it, but make sure the fun of it all doesn’t cloud the need to eat a balanced diet and stay practical.
Canning is a bad idea when:
1. When it introduces unneeded sugar into your daily diet.
Most recipes call for the fruit pieces to soak in a simple syrup until they are consumed. Even the light syrup contains a lot of sugar.
Jams and jellies contain more sugar than fruit.
Sugar preserved fruit is junk food and should be eaten in moderation.
2. When you are canning things you wouldn’t normally eat just because you got a good deal.
You save 100% of the money you don’t spend so ask yourself is this good price is a really a good deal for your household.
It’s ok to walk away from good deals.
It’s ok to walk away from free food.
Canners know that even free food isn’t free once we factor in the other ingredients, our hours of labour, electricity, jars, and new lids each time.
Only can foods you will use. The term “use” could also include giving jars as gifts because you are using them in place of another purchase. Ask yourself if anyone else will eat it, and be realistic, before making food as a gift.
People go off the deep end with canning because it is socially acceptable to overdo and overspend under the guise of frugality and practicality.
Canners need to exercise restraint. Daily. Maybe even hourly. The feeling gleaned from socking food away for later is empowering and exciting so stay strong and never acquire food on a whim or impulse.
When canning is a good idea:
The rest of the time! Canning is a great way to preserve perishable food and reduce our dependence on appliances for food storage.
Read how to start canning your own food here.
What are your rules to live by for canning?
How do you stay calm in the face of an unneeded bargain?