All About Canning

As I noted in a previous blog post, I’ve been writing for Tasting Table since June and my articles are quickly stacking up! My goal is to share some of my posts here in case my followers need help with kitchen tips and cooking hacks.

I’ve gotten into canning this year and since it’s an experience I’m excited to learn more about, I’ve jumped at the chance to write about canning for Tasting Table since I do research for every single article I write. Without further ado, here are a list of some of the articles I’ve written about all things canning!

Although I love canning, there are downsides to it, and it’s not a process for everyone in. I lay out the drawbacks in my article The Downside of Canning Your Own Food at Home.

While you’re able to can meats at home with a pressure canner, there’s one type of meat that isn’t recommended to can at home. Find out what the meat is and why it’s unsafe with my article Why You Should Never Can Cured Meats.

When it comes to preserving food at home, canning is only one method of preservation. You can also freeze some foods, especially if you have a deep freeze or a lot of freezer space. However, some foods preserve better when canned than freeze and vice versa. Find out the best foods to freeze in my article Why You Should Freeze Some Foods Instead of Canning Them.

Canning often means putting food away in large batches and labeling your jars. In my article The Crucial Information You Should Add to Homemade Canned Food Labels I outline a helpful tip to keep your canned foods more organized.

Some homemade jam I made from farmers market fruits.

Jam is often one of the first items someone makes when getting started with home canning. If you’re looking for a tip to make sure your jam sets, check out Why The ‘Bounce Test’ Is Important for Canned Homemade Jam.

Finally, lids are an important part of canning, after all, if the jar doesn’t seal or close properly, the food inside won’t stay preserved. In my article Is It Ever Okay to Use Plastic Caps When Canning at Home, I touch on these plastic lids and their use.

Maybe you don’t can food often or at all, but you’ve received a lovely canned item from a friend or family member as a gift. Believe it or not, there’s an often unspoken rule, or jar etiquette, that you should know about. Read A Canning Etiquette Rule That Often Goes Overlooked.