In this Canning for Preppers Introduction we will go over the basic canning technique used to preserve; fruits, tomatoes, jellies, jams, and many other high-acid vegetables. Canning is ideal for preppers and survivalists that own urban/rural farms. However, most farms are susceptible to environmental dangers. This fact makes canning a necessity for any prepper.
Canning is really one step beyond cooking. It is a method that applies heat to food in a closed glass home canning jar to stop the natural spoilage that would otherwise take place, and removes air from the jar to create a seal. There are two home canning methods – Waterbath Canning and Pressure Canning.
The type of food you want to preserve will determine which method you will use for safe results. We will walk you through the 3 simple steps for Waterbath Canning, which is the best place to start for beginners. It’s basically just boiling water.
Why should you be canning?
Even if you are not a prepper you almost certainly have a family. Canning your family’s food means their food will be BPA free, preservative free, and healthy with no harmful preservatives added. If you’re into the ‘green thing’, canning your own food makes less of an impact on the environment by reducing waste since mason jars are reusable. In addition to the health and environmental benefits of canning your food, canning also saves your household money. These benefits make canning essential for getting your survival bunker stocked.
What you will need for Waterbath Canning:
- Canner with canning rack (or stockpot) Click for Granite Ware Canner
- Preserving jars, lids, bands Click for Ball Jar Set
- Household Utensils
- Fresh produce with various ingredients according to your recipe
Waterbath Canning for preppers:
- Wash your jars and lids, then rinse well
- Minimize breakage by temporarily storing in simmering water
- Fill canner half full with enough water to cover jars with at least 1 inch of water and heat to a simmer. Place lid on canner. Keep rack to the side until ready to use.
Prepare your recipe (Several on Google search)
- Fill each jar with prepared food. Follow canning recipe for correct fill-level. Each jar needs space between the food and the rim (headspace) to allow for food expansion.
- Remove air bubbles by sliding a small non-metallic utensil inside the jar, gently pressing food against the opposite side of the jar.
- Wipe jar completely clean
- Affix jar lids and bands
- Place filled jars into canning rack, then lower into simmering water, ensuring jars are covered by 1 inch of water. Cover with lid and heat to a steady boil. Boil jars for the time specified in recipe, adjusting for altitude.
- Turn off heat and let jars stand in water for 5 minutes. Remove jars from water and cool upright on wire rack or towel on countertop for 12 hours.
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