Well, one of the reasons it seemed so daunting a task to can was that everyone talked of canning 100 quarts of tomatoes, 80 quarts of pickles, 75 quarts of applesauce. What? I could hardly get in a shower and a shave before some emergency over a couch cushion fort cut it short. How would I ever accomplish such a task as canning with children in the house?
My answer is: Small Batch canning
I like spending lots of time in the kitchen. I like canning. I like preserving our extra garden produce for cold winter days. I really like canning huge amounts of anything. But this mama doesn't always get what she likes. She has to settle for short bouts in the kitchen. That's where small batch canning comes into play. And when I say small I mean sometimes only ONE jar. Does that sound crazy? Yes! Does one jar take long to can? No. So if you find yourself yearning to try canning, but are a little apprehensive about the process or feel like there's no way you can commit the time for typical canning, then this is for you. It works especially well for water bath canning. Now this is not a post about the canning process. You can find lots of information at your University Extension office. I am writing this to encourage you to try canning even if it's only one jar at a time.
Itching to begin the canning season, I headed outside to grab some of this.
Give canning a try. Small Batch canning fills the shelves, just a bit slower.
What's your favorite food to can? Any stories you'd like to share? I'd love to read them.
For more of my posts on canning/food preservation click here.