Is It Your Canning Season Yet? Start Planning!

It’s so fun having blog readers all over the country and even the world. We get to hear about what people are doing in their gardens and what fruits are coming in their area, and everyone’s situation is so different. We know a lot of you will have canning season coming up shortly, so start planning now so you can be ready if you see something come on sale!

There was a time where neither of us thought that we had the time, energy, knowledge, or desire to learn how to can. I finally broke down and begged my mom to give me instructions on how to make her strawberry jam when she moved out of state from me for two years and I couldn’t steal from her supply. When I stocked up my own year supply, with strawberries I got on sale for $0.88, and it was all absolutely delicious … I was hooked. I wanted to can more.

While it IS a lot of work, and I always complain while I’m doing it … I love the end result. Home canned foods are so much yummier than store-bought. You can also control how much sugar you put in (ok I admit I don’t home can to make things lower in sugar, but other people do!) There are no weird preservatives that you can’t pronounce. And if you have your own garden, you can get a year supply of fruits and vegetables at very low cost (especially if you already have your jars).

I was curious what other home-canned foods people can’t live without so I asked on our Facebook page (love Facebook for informal polls, lol) and we got a great response. Here are a few of the responses:

I’ve done a few tutorials on different items I’ve canned over the past few years, and I am hoping to add to the collection this summer/fall. If you are just getting started with canning these might help you overcome any fears or worries you may have.

Canning Peaches … Delish!
Learn how to can peaches, Jodi has a little different technique than most books recommend.

How to Make Strawberry Jam
Homemade strawberry jam is such a treat, it is so much yummier than store-bought, which is truly the reason to make it.

How to Can Homemade Applesauce
Applesauce is one of the easiest and most delicious foods to can. Step by step tutorial on how we do it.

How to Pressure Can Ground Beef
Jodi gives a step-by-step overview of her experiences with this process that intimidated her for a LONG time.

How to Pressure Can Chicken
See how easy it is to can your own chicken so that you can have shelf stable chicken ready for recipes, and in case of emergencies.

One thing I’m really excited about trying out this year is reusable canning lids. I heard about them and got so excited because I really hate having to buy the disposable lids every year (totally ups the cost of home canning). And also I kept worrying about a long term emergency situation where I would want to preserve my own foods, but what if lids weren’t available. I can’t wait to find out if these will be a workable solution. They are more expensive than traditional lids but … REUSABLE! I will be using them for my tutorials and letting you all know what I think of them. Now I just need something to can! Hurry up tomatoes!


  • Kristin

    It’s a myth that you can’t reuse the regular lids. As long as they aren’t bent, you just boil them and reuse. I have been doing it for 5 years and have only had one or two jars not seal. Cheaper than your ‘reusable’ lids I’ll bet. 

  • Anonymous

    We were able to buy 30 lbs of organic bing cherries before the long weekend and we canned some in pint jars (30) some in quarter pint jars to be our own fruit cups (10) and did one batch of cherry jam – amazing!  (4.5 pints) and still had enough cherries left after all our nibbling to freeze enough cherries for 2 pies, but next year I will try canning my pie filling now that i know what I need!

  • Anonymous

    We were able to buy 30 lbs of organic bing cherries before the long weekend and we canned some in pint jars (30) some in quarter pint jars to be our own fruit cups (10) and did one batch of cherry jam – amazing!  (4.5 pints) and still had enough cherries left after all our nibbling to freeze enough cherries for 2 pies, but next year I will try canning my pie filling now that i know what I need!