Here are our Top 10 Reasons why you need to begin canning during 2021

REASON #1

CANNING CAN SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY

Buy fresh produce in bulk, and ask your local farmer if you can get cheaper ‘seconds,’ which are slightly bruised, damaged, or ugly produce.

By reusing the same glass jars and screw-top lids every year, you’ll have minimal costs associated with canning each year – certainly less than if you were to buy the same items in cans or jars at the supermarket.

All you need to replace when reusing jars are the canning lids! (And boy oh boy do we have a great deal on those if you buy in bulk!)

REASON #2

FRESHER PRODUCE = MORE NUTRITIOUS MEALS

Fresh Produce is a great way to up your nutrients, but going to the local market each week can be tedious. Canning is a way to preserve buying in bulk!

REASON #3

AVOID ADDITIVES AND OTHER HARMFUL FOOD TOXINS

Buy fresh produce in bulk, and ask your local farmer if you can get cheaper ‘seconds,’ which are slightly bruised, damaged, or ugly produce.

When you can at home, you know exactly what’s going into those jars. Most recipes require minimal ingredients – just fruit, sugar, and lemon for jams, and vinegar, salt, and spices for pickles. You won’t need to worry about extra sodium, unrecognizable ingredients, or even BPAs from store-bought cans.

REASON #4

CANNING TEACHES KIDS ABOUT WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM

Many kids think that food just comes from the supermarket. Explain to them how the seasons work, and how certain foods grow and ripen naturally at particular times of the year. For example: you can take them to pick fruit, which is an awesome and fun family activity!

REASON #5

CANNING HELPS REDUCE WASTED FOOD & MATERIALS!

Want to help the planet? Then here is your solution!

You can reuse the same glass jars and screw lids year after year. Recycling materials like this, is one of the top methods of reducing garbage disposal that ends up in landfills across the world. Canning is a great way to do your part in excess trash reduction!

The only new item needed to continue canning day after day are the canning lids, the smallest, yet most important piece of the canning equation! These allow you to maintain fresh foods in the same cleaned mason jars or cans that you add leftovers or meal preparation into.

These lids have rubber seals in order to maintain the highest and top-quality freshness to keep all of your food properly preserved.

REASON #6

CANNING HELPS YOU TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS AND REDUCE FOOD MILES

Pick-your-own fruit farms are everywhere! But you can also buy large baskets of produce directly from farmers as well.

The smaller quantities sold in stores tend to be much more expensive, and sometimes of lesser quality than "straight-off-the-farm" produce.

By buying and canning at home, you will reduce the total number of miles that your food has travelled to get to your table, and its accompanying carbon footprint. This is definitely one of our favorite reasons to begin canning in 2021 because we should all be doing our part to support local small businesses!

REASON #7

CANNING MEANS YOU’VE GOT THE PERFECT HOMEMADE GIFT ON HAND AT ALL TIMES

People love homemade soups, jams, pickles, tomatoes, potatoes and other preserved meals, which makes them the perfect to give family and friends during the holidays or during any day of the week!

You can also make a beautiful wedding gift by preserving fresh produce and adding multiple jars into a basket! A basket full of homemade jams, jellies, chutneys and more are a superb way to show appreciation!

REASON #8

CANNING PROVIDES SECURITY DURING HARSH WEATHER AND UNFORESEEN EVENTS

Power Outage? Hurricane? Tornado? All of these can be tough on towns across the country, and there is something deeply satisfying about storing food for future consumption and knowing it’s always there when you need it!

We think it’s a good idea to minimize one’s dependence on the corporate grocers and big food stores, especially since canning can replace nearly all of it—and you get even better quality during each future mealtime!

Jars, with air-tight canning lids, will last you quite a long time, so during extended events like these, you'll be sure to have food for family and friends when it is needed most.

REASON #9

CANNING FITS INTO ALMOST EVERY TYPE OF FAMILY LIFESTYLE GOING INTO 2021

2020 was a year of hardship. Now moving into 2021 we all hope it will be better, but if we still are on lockdown, and life gets crazy—canning can help out your family for flexible, quick and fresh meals!

All you have to do is grab one of your canned meals (that you made ahead of time), warm it up, add it to a bowl or a plate and BOOM—Dinner is served for the whole family!

REASON #10

CANNING IS AN AGE-OLD TRADITION. AND THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT!

It’s only in the most recent generations where canning has fallen to the wayside.

For centuries, people had to preserve food out of necessity. Nowadays, though, we have all become accustomed to large food stores that seemingly "have-it-all" but that's not always the case. Larger, corporate food stores have created a false perception of fresh-foods, but local farm-to-table (and farm-to-jar) are the real McCoy of fresh food!

Canning is an art, and art is best when preserved properly! So pick up some jars, grab those canning lids and get off to the local markets!